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Though I am loathe to enforce my personal politics on to you people, this is something that’s been in the news recently that I think is surely universally recognised as being completely retarded, and if you’re not aware of it yet, then you might want to be. On the 8th March, British newspaper the Sunday Express published a story, in very bad taste, on the subject of the Dunblane school shooting survivors. For those of you unaware of Dunblane, on March 13 1996, sixteen children and their teacher were murdered when gunman Thomas Hamilton burst into the gym at Dunblane Primary School and opened fire.
Thirteen years later, on a slow news day, the Sunday Express (a deplorable newspaper at the best of times) took it upon itself to publish a non-story on its front page of how:
Dunblane survivors have “shamed” the memory of their dead peers with foul-mouthed boasts about sex, brawls and drink-fuelled antics as they reach adulthood.
The article goes on to report how, thanks to stalking these youths on facebook, reporter Paula Murray discovered them to be living lives involving drinking, smoking, having sex and, sin of all sins, sporting tattoos. In other words, living the lives of normal young adults. Or in the words of the Express, actions which are “shameful” and “insulting” to the memories of their murdered classmates.
This is clearly disgraceful journalism. To drag up bad memories unnecessarily for those who were fortunate enough to survive, and to somehow paint them as villains for getting on with their lives as normally as possible, knowing full well they must carry the emotional scars inflicted by the incident to this day, is disgusting. And regardless of that, is this news? No, it’s reflective of lazy journalism and a newspaper with ever decreasing standards, happy just to use whatever shock tactics it can to enrage it’s bigoted and irrational readership.
Our pal Richard from the band Copy Haho, is fighting the good fight on this, so may I please draw your attention to the below:
Graham Linehan (of Father Ted / Black Books fame) has written a great article on the matter on his website, which can be found here;
If you could take the time to read the above, maybe even sign the petition as detailed in the article, and pass it on to your friends, it’d be appreciated. Never has a piece of writing angered me as much as the article in The Sunday Express.
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