After a kidnapping ordeal and manhunt that held the attention of millions around the world, teenager Hannah Anderson has been found and by initial accounts is in good condition physically. Mentally and emotionally we don’t know but hopefully, with time, she will be fine.
However, let’s not fool ourselves, she still has a difficult road ahead.
However, let’s not fool ourselves, she still has a difficult road ahead. The media focused on the manhunt for Hannah and the successful outcome was breaking news. But lost somewhere in the jubilation of her release was the heartrending fact that this young girl’s family has essentially been wiped out. Both her mother and her younger brother were murdered in their home when it was set on fire. So Hannah not only has to deal with her own kidnapping, but she must also come to terms with her woeful losses.
For this reason alone I found the whoops of joy from those in Idaho upon learning of the end of the chase to be premature, perhaps in bad taste. Even CNN reporter Miguel Marquez was encouraging the small crowd that had gathered to show their glee.
A more appropriate and realistic reaction to the safe release of Hannah under these circumstances would have even a huge sigh of relief and some tearful hugs.
A more appropriate and realistic reaction to the safe release of Hannah under these circumstances would have even a huge sigh of relief and some tearful hugs. But cheering as though this was a sporting event seemed out of place. Had the girl been returned to the bosom of her loving family, parents and brother, I’d have been leading those shouts and whoops. But in keeping with the tragic conditions to which she must now acclimate herself, a more subdued reaction would have been appropriate.
It’s a matter of sensitivity I guess, and that can cut both ways. Recently, as an example of a mug shot in a post on Facebook, I used an image that has been all over the news, that of Ariel Castro. This photo has been on television news broadcasts, in newspapers, magazines and online since the end of the Milwaukee kidnapping ordeal.
The photo is not gory nor sensational but is a rather run-of-the-mill standard police mug shot, perfect for illustration purposes. Yet the post was unceremoniously yanked from the site by an administrator who, when I asked him why, said he found the picture of Castro to be in bad taste. I tried to explain that the person in the photo was irrelevant, I guess
I hope he doesn’t read newspapers or watch television because there are a whole bunch of bad things out there.
I should have blurred it. It was merely an example of a mug shot. But to no avail. His sensitivity to this image, albeit of a monster, was surprising to me. I hope he doesn’t read newspapers or watch television because there are a whole bunch of bad things out there. Bringing them to light isn’t a matter of bad taste, but of reality. You can’t clean-up the news, but that doesn’t mean it’s not news.