Processing Real-time Tragedy: Four Stages
February 14, 2018.
Process One: Revulsion
Like millions of people around the world, I too was shocked and deeply moved. I heard about and saw the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, where a young gunman killed 17 people and wounded 17 more.
It made no difference that I was some 8,000 miles away at the Adventist University of Africa (AUA). The news flashed around the world in real time.
Process Two: Response
Of course, it wasn’t the first school shooting. We all know the sickening list of these incidents. However, something about this Parkland situation riveted me. With sorrow, …