Note before reading this that I am not writing to humiliate or point fingers towards the family and loved ones of the people involved. I am genuinely using the tragedy to raise awareness.
Regarding the tragedy that occurred on Feb. 3 in Franklin, I have viewed all over Facebook for the past 24 hours how horrific the incident was. People were seeking answers. I even witnessed a virtual argument about the situation. As I was wondering the same things as everyone around me, I was more concerned about how the situation led to such a tragic event. I was questioning the world I live in, more or less, the community I have grown up in.
This is not the Franklin I remember.
In my opinion, we should use the event as a tool to explain how we can help those around us before it is taken to such extent. If we lead by example for those children who still have time to learn not only what is right and what is wrong but at what extent have you taken an event too far, we can help tremendously.
The Feb. 3 tragedy is a prime example of something being taken way too far. Not knowing every little detail about the incident, regardless — when it ends with people losing their lives, it most definitely has been taken way too far. We need to be more aware of what is around us. Pay attention to the emotions of others and their energy.
This will help seek those who might need emotional counseling or maybe, in some cases, need a friend to share their thoughts and issues with. You would be surprised how much one positive comment to a stranger in your community would make a difference. It could change their whole day entirely. Think about the situations a person might be in before you judge their appearance and lifestyle.
The world’s suicide rate is surprising — the main causes being stress, money issues, domestic issues and being made fun of.
Think before you judge someone, and do a good deed daily. Help change lives.