Yesterday, T.J. Lane, a 17-year old student at Chardon High, fired 10 shots in his school’s cafeteria. Three students died and two were wounded.
Lane posted on Twitter that he was going to bring a gun to school. People who knew him said he was quiet and didn’t really have friends.
Social media is a big part of our lives. Having regular updates from friends is one of the things we like most about Facebook and Twitter. But sometimes those updates are concerning, or even alarming, like what Lane posted about bringing a gun to school.
When we see alarming updates, sometimes it’s easy to write them off as drama. But the tragedy at Chardon High is a reminder that what may seem like someone looking for attention could just as easily be a real warning flag.
When someone posts about suicide threats, self injury, or other warning signs, the right response is to view it as a cry for help – not a dramatic attempt at getting attention. We shouldn’t judge our friends, but instead be there for them.
If someone had done this for T.J., a tragedy may not have occurred.