Shooting in Connecticut

Let's Talk About Mental Health, Not "Evil"

Lauren Goodman | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada
Lauren Goodman

The events in Newtown sparked a lot of discussion on gun control and the media's representation of children following violent events. However, as is the case with most well-covered human tragedies, mental health discourse was decidedly missing from the reporting. "Evil visited this community today," the Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said following the shooting. Such words are not uncommon following acts of violence, but their prominence still made me cringe. I have to ask, whose "evil" are we talking about when we classify this tragedy as such?

What Drove Suspected Gunman To Shooting?

AP | John Christoffersen And Matt Apuzzo | Posted 12.16.2012 | Canada

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Investigators tried to figure out what led a bright but awkward 20-year-old to slaughter 26 children and adults at a Connecticut ele...

Post-Shooting, These Kids Don't Need Media Attention

Elamin Abdelmahmoud | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada
Elamin Abdelmahmoud

In the wake of the tragedy in the Newtown, CT elementary school, we are all left speechless. In the midst of the chaos that ensues, we rely on news media to guide us. But in order to get as close as possible to the story, sometimes news media pass the line of what is acceptable. Today, there were many instances of reporters talking to little children. Eight- and nine-year-olds. A little child who has just experienced a tragedy like this doesn't need a microphone in his or her face. What we don't want is the use of little children as a means of getting viewers. Those children need love and care first. The story should always come after.