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Woman's Twitter Rant About Growing Up With Tragedy Strikes A Powerful Chord

Woman's Twitter Rant About Growing Up With Tragedy Strikes A Powerful Chord
Updated 3 months ago

Students and survivors are beginning the long journey of processing their grief and anger in the aftermath of the horrific shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last Wednesday in Parkland, Florida. Illinois librarian Heather Booth offered her experience dealing with a highly-publicized tragedy around the same age. In 1995, Booth lost seven classmates in the infamous Fox River Grove train-bus collision, a crash that continues to be one of the worst of its kind in American history.

Within two years of the accident, collisions of a similar nature had dropped by almost a quarter, beginning an overall downward trend that continues today.

As Booth points out, the 1995 collision led to numerous safety changes and more attentive policies.

As Twitter users began to reach out to Booth, it became clear that adults' reactions to tragedies their children experience play a huge part in easing or exacerbating emotional trauma and the navigation of it.

Ignoring tragedies is not helpful for anyone.

Ultimately, Booth continued to challenge her followers to show the students and children of this nation that we will be the adults they need.

And adults need to figure out how to fix things.