Newtown, CT


Official seal of Newtown, Connecticut

Official seal of Newtown, Connecticut (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s been a lot (too much) media regarding the horrific shooting in Newtown, CT that left so many children and adults dead.  I’m not going to belabor the topic here.  I’m not going to debate the pros and cons of gun control, or our need for a better way to deal with those who are mentally ill.  I will say this:

In order for Newtown to heal, the media has to go away and leave them alone.  These wounds will take a long time to heal (not that they ever will entirely), and having the media come along and pick at the newly formed scabs until they bleed again doesn’t help the situation.

I’m not saying we should ignore the families of Newtown.  So many people are offering help in all sorts of ways and I think that’s super.  But give Newtown the space it needs to come to term with what has occurred at its own pace.  Be there if they need you, but have respect enough to understand if they say “Go away and leave us alone.”

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About Melissa Crandall

Longer ago than I care to admit--although I will--I cut my writing teeth on fanzines and media tie-in novels. Since then, I've moved on to narrative nonfiction, speculative fiction, and essays. I write to explore and understand the world around me, the things I see and experience nearby or from a distance. If I shake myself up, cool. If I shake you up, even better. Not gratuitously--what's the point in that?--but to set what I know, or think I know, on end and realize, "Well, doesn't it look different from this side!" My work is neither sexually explicit nor graphically violent. Let's face it - your imaginations will come up with things far worse than anything I could write, no matter how descriptive. Besides, it's just not my thing. I live in Connecticut with my supportive husband Ed, a cat named Ruby who might just think she's a dog, and an epileptic Australian shepherd named Holly who isn't quite certain anymore who she is, except she knows she loves her mommy.
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2 Responses to Newtown, CT

  1. Linda Grimes says:

    Amen! I agree 100%.

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