As news of the tragic accident on the A66 came through yesterday afternoon the actions of one school boy enabled thousands of people around the world to express their sympathy in a non-intrusive way.
Within hours of the accident in which a school bus and car were in collision , killing two teenage students from Keswick School and the driver of the car, a Facebook group appeared Respect for those involved in the Keswick School bus crash. Set up by Harry Holme who attends the school, he provided a place for messages of support. It was a place where fellow students and friends could express themselves.
Facebook has had some bad press over the past few months, but this is one example of where it can benefit a community.
Anyone who has waved a child off on a school trip or to school must have stopped in their tracks last night, as the TV footage revealed the horror of the event. My daughter’s school are on a residential in Keswick and my nephew is a student at the school. When it is all so close to home, you realise that we are all just a second away from our world crashing down around us.
The shock we feel as outsiders needs a release, and I can’t even imagine what the family and friends of those killed and injured are feeling. But Harry and his Facebook page gave everyone a place to go and express ourselves.
Facebook does have a human face.
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