What Message the Boston Marathon Bombing Really Sends

I have been struggling with what to say to my junior and senior students about the Boston Marathon bombings. I hate that this is the “latest terror attack” – the phrase delivers the twin defeats of acknowledging we now have a history of these and suggests more to come.

But the more I read and watched coverage, the more I saw the truth: we won, again.

The dominant images and accounts I absorbed were those of giving and caring and sacrifice in the face of fear, at the bombing site, amid the death and maiming. Once again, people didn’t just run to save themselves, didn’t all lose their minds to terror. An impressive and inspirational number of these ran into the carnage, into the danger, to help others they didn’t know.

This bombing is a tragedy and our hearts go out to the dead and wounded and their families, but to the terrorists, the message is clear: our humanity defeated your cowardice. Again.

About chrisryanwrites

My name is Christopher Ryan. I am a former award-winning journalist turned high school teacher, and I have written since reading S.E. Hinton's THE OUTSIDERS when I was in elementary school. I have independently published an award-winning debut novel, CITY OF WOE, plus the prequel short story collection CITY OF SIN, the sequel novel CITY OF PAIN, a high school thriller novel GENIUS HIGH, and several high adventure novelettes for the Rapid Reads series featuring Alex Simmons' African-American adventurer BLACKJACK All are available via amazon.com, as is my children's book, THE FERGUSON FILES - THE MYSTERY SPOT. Additionally, I was nominated for a supporting actor award for my work in the multiple award-winning independent film, CLANDESTINE, from Feenix Films. I blog about writing, life, pop culture, the journey of learning to promote my independently published work, my efforts to secure a traditional publishing contract, and my career as a teacher.
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