|Posted by Crayzon Deeyon on February 28, 2012 at 9:35 AM|
This is a collection of Crazy Dee's thoughts, and responses to others on Facebook, concerning The Chardon High Shootings which happened February 27,2012. A lone gunman opened fire in the cafeteria of the school before walking the school to shoot targeted victims. A teacher/coach, heroically chased the gun man out of the school while being fired upon.
Crazy Dee's Take On It!: The Chardon High Shootings, Predictable
Wow, a shooting at Chardon High. The reporter for WKYC, Stephanie, is a breast at reporting. She has great reporting ability! She's going far, I predict.
A writer accuses me of only looking at the reporter for her looks, and this is what I said...
I meant what I meant. Don't forget I work with talent. I give actors opportunity to act in THE BLKICE CHRONICLES-- you know that. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOk-RYjKwi8 When I say beast, I speak to her being educated, she has to be educated to be a reporter. Second, she pushed to get her questions answered by the authorities. And, what really made her a beast was, once the officers walked away from the cameras-- the WKYC Camera didn't have to move to another location, because she stood her ground, and the other stations had to move to another space. That's called having control of your center-- never moving from out of a circle one creates for ones self. Yep, She's A Beast!
As The Story Unfolded, I wrote:
I think the parents of the shooter will have to move! Chardon is a smal ltown, everyone knows everyone. We shall see if the community can be forgiving to the parents of the shooter.
The News Media were speculating on if there was a second shooter/an accomplice; I wrote this:
What if there is a second shooter/accomplice? What if the second accompliceis a officer's son, and because he didn't shoot, they are covering up for their fellow officer's family?
One of the students spoke to the media after parents had finishedreuniting with their children. I wrote this:
What if the kid that just spoke was the accomplice? They say the criminal always returns to the scene of the crime.
As he told his story, it was plan to see, he was one of the victims. Oneof the bullets grazed his ear. I did have this observation that I turned into a question:
Are they supposed to speak to children on the news?
Eric Mansfield interviewed the Student. Eric has a 17 year old in HighSchool, and his thoughts were with his son when I wrote this:
Wow, Eric Mansfield broke down.
He began to cry, and had to send it back to the news desk. It was atouching moment. The report came across the screen shortly after that, A Student Died. I wrote this:
One student passed away. Our prayers go out.
The authorities-- Sheriff, FBI, Police and The Superintendent of Schools held a press conference. None seemed to be able to keep their emotions in check. I wrote this:
I remember when the authorities and the leaders would try to have the stiffupper lip, even when a death occurred. Sad!
I thought, we hadn't heard anything about the gun control argument out of Washington, and how this would probably bring it back into the forefront of the news in a big way:
I can see what's going to happen next-- Sensationalism-- SHOOTING AT CHARDON! What will the NRA say? It's going to strike up the Gun Control Arguments, which we haven't heard lately. Don't forget the Movie! Enough Already! Do something about guns once and for all.
The Politics of It...
There is always the political side of it, the inequity of how a story concerning a shooting is covered. This is what I wrote:
The media has to stop covering shootings differently. Shootings are tragedies no matter where they happen. Care about what happens in the city and the suburbs equally, and all of this will stop. If not, it will continue to happen.
I went on to post this on the WKYC Page on Facebook:
Would this be categorized as White on White Crime? Close your eyes, and imagine how this would be covered if the media acted like they act when it's considered Black on Black Crime.
Oh man, why did I do that? The responses I received back ranged from "this is not a race" to "why is this an issue here" to "this is uncalled for" to "this has nothing to do with race for heaven's sake!" I responded with this:
It doesn't make it not true! Media covers situations like this differently. Shootings are no different when they happen in the City Of Cleveland or in the Suburbs. Once the media covers both the same, as if media is on the inside instead of the outside, then things will change.
Of course people disagreed with me, saying something about "no it won't" or" it doesn't make any sense because the media doesn't cause shootings." My response was this:
Yes it will. Once people begin to care about each other equally, violence will stop. This is why situations like this takes place. People only care about their group. If we don't begin to care for all communities equally, it isguaranteed that what's happening, in one, will come to yours, mine and the other guys.
And again, a person wanted to assert that this was not a race issue, and why did I want to make it one. I wrote this:
Until you ask the question, or care to see why shootings are covered through a different lens, you will never see how the inner city is covered, and the suburbs are covered.
After I wrote this, one of the people disagreeing with me, did agree by writing, "One thing I do agree with you is that shootings have the same tragic ending no matter where it happens. Violence needs to stop EVERYWHERE"
But that did not stop another poster from writing this, "Sorry Crayzon....you're wrong....This was at a school....if this happened in East Cleveland or some other inner-city setting it would be covered as equally....most of the shootings there are tragic, yes, but they weren't at school and while some victims are innocent passer-bys....most are kids that were doing what they shouldn't (ex-drugs, gangs, etc...) that is why they don't get covered with the same vigor...." I wrote this in responds:
No Verbal... you're wrong... there was a shooting at the School of Science/Success Tech in downtown Cleveland a few years back. 4 were shoot, andthe media did not cover the situation the same. The students fear, tears and panic were not recognized as anything but something that happens in the inner city. So again, until people begin to care about all communities the same as they care about their own, gun violence is guaranteed to come to yours, mine and the other guys community. Link: http://articles.cnn.com/2007-10-10/us/cleveland.shooting_1_school-shootings-stable-condition-random-shooting?_s=PM:US Maybe the situation in the link was so easy to forget because it was covered as a crime that could only happen in the inner city. I don't make this up how the media covers it, it is how they cover situations, and it is through a different lens.
The poster did not respond to what I wrote, but people did like what I said. It's true, shootings are not covered the same. It's time that the humanity within all people, within the various communities, within the City Of Cleveland/Suburbs, is recognized.
A shooting is always shocking, but in this case, the shooting at Chardon High is predictable.
Crazy Dee is an independent writer, who contributes to Crayzon's Blog. Rebutals are welcomed.