Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Social media’s sympathy role

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.
The latest information of the car investigation and the recovery of those injured can be found at our website www.thelakedistrictmessenger.com

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