Apathy in tragedy


photo or infographic by Emily Meachen

SPARTAN SORROW. A shooting on the University of Michigan’s campus on Monday that resulted in three students dead and five more critically injured has left the community mourning.

A shooting on Michigan State University’s campus is setting off more and more red flags. School shootings have become so commonplace, most people just scroll by when the story hit social media. In addition to violence, the shooting shows another problem: apathy.

People should not start to become unphased by the violence in the United States.

With three dead and five wounded, according to Reuters, this adds on to a long list of lives that have been taken due to shootings. Putting them as a statistic and not understanding that these were real people that were going to college to gain a career and further themselves, is not the way the US should be heading. These people that have been affected by shooting are people, not numbers, so they must be treated as such through our media.

There is an argument that we need to portray these events in the media to get more informed and warn about these situations, but the media has slowly turned this into fear mongering and missing the mark. Understanding that these are people and that we need to address these problems is absolutely necessary, but it should not be used to gather moths towards a dumpster fire. Coverage should be used to inform and understand the situation, not to gather viewers on a show or paper. 

These events matter within our society and should not be put down as a basic fact that happens now, it should never be taken lightly or without vigor. People, no matter how tired or beat, must always stand to fight against tragedy. Letting this event and the many others that came before it go into the history books instead of the front of our minds is a tragedy in itself.

As humans we must keep fighting in ourselves against tragedies of violence to prevent them from taking and hurting more lives in the future. Without the fight from everybody, tragedy and apathy will continue until it may become a basic fact of society.