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Published: Friday, January 18, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Media and v iolence

Coverage gives others bad ideas

The world is full of people who want attention, and who want to be known. With the Newtown, Conn., shooting, and other similar tragedies, we heard a lot about it, and sometimes named them anti-heroes. Some people would see this as negative attention, but others may see it as just attention.
There is always someone out there who wants to be in the limelight, even a negative one. They cause so many of our freak tragedies because they want our attention, and know that we'll give them it. So why can't the news mention the tragedy, say something about it, but not dig too deep into the topic?
I feel terrible about the Newtown shooting, and I want to know what happened, just like everyone else, but the news shouldn't be the place to get all of it. If people really want to learn everything about the shooting, it should be up to them to get that information. They should research it, not get it handed to them by the news, because of some people that watch it are relating more to the perpetrator, than sympathizing with the victims. And with every glorified piece of the story we get, the higher the risk of another tragedy occurring. We should have been more wary about this, because it was probably most likely for someone to do something similar to the Newtown shooting. Instead, the news talked on and on about the shooting, telling every little detail they could find.
I think that we shouldn't talk excessively about tragedies, keeping in thought about the people who listen, and what they will do if they want that attention.
Stephanie Watne, 11
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