Video from inside the Florida School shooting is something we all need to see again, especially if you have never seen this video.
In the hours following the devastating shooting at a Florida high school — which took the lives of at least 17 people and marks the 18th school shooting in 2018, for which we’ve only had 45 days so far (that’s a shooting every two and a half days, or one every 60 hours) — I watched dozens of news clips to try to piece together what happened.
Nearly every video I clicked on was generally the same. A stoic, resigned newscaster explained what happened while footage played of students fleeing the campus. Arial shots of SWAT team members circling the building and officers putting the alleged shooter into the back of a police car. Then, nearly every reporter announced that there was a video filmed from within a classroom during the active shooting. A video taken by a student who posted it to Snapchat. A rare glimpse at what it was really like inside.
Before playing this video, they all — every single one of those reporters, anchors, and newscasters — carefully warned viewers of the graphic nature of what they were about to see. Some called it “deeply upsetting,” others said it was “disturbing” and “hard to watch.”
Indeed, after seeing it, it was all those things.
It was upsetting. It was disturbing. But the last thing we deserve anymore is a warning. The last thing I want anymore is for someone to give me “viewer discretion” or to be concerned with my feelings, with how best to prepare me for the now-ordinary tragic news that more children have lost their lives senselessly.
The last thing we should ever allow is for this to be seen as ordinary.
Article originally posted on popsugar.com