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Talk of the Town: The Boston Bombings

According to CNN, approximately four hours into the annual Boston Marathon, two bombs exploded killing three people and wounding 260 more. Two weeks have passed since the attack, and most of the questions regarding why it occurred remain unanswered. Directly following the tragedy, FBI agents scoured over hundreds of thousands of submitted photos of the area.  Investigators soon identified Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as the suspected bombers.

Ms. Scudellari said, “It has been an extremely difficult process to cope and heal from these events, which also lead to the realization that nonsensical violence, freak accidents, or random acts of terror may happen at any place or time.  Fear and tragedy should not deter one’s way of life but make one stronger and more determined to do good for others.  It seems that the recent reaction of the community in Boston (and globally) is a testament to this sound piece of advice.”

The Colorado movie theater shooting, Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, and now the Boston bombings are just some of the numerous tragedies that occurred this past year. These horrendous events opened many Americans’ eyes to an existing false sense of security.  The recent bombings in Boston evoked many old feelings of discomfort and fear for many people. The Boston bombings are the first major terrorist attack by non-United States citizens since 9/11. Investigators have found evidence that suggests that Tamerlan, now deceased, self-radicalized when he was denied the opportunity to compete in the national Tournament of Champions in 2011 because he was not a United States citizen.

Mr. Alber commented, “The bombings in Boston brought back many of the same feelings I had as a result of the September 11th tragedy; the initial confusion about what had happened.  I feel sad and angry about what we have lost as a result of these terrorist attacks. Because in spite of our desire not to let these events change our lives – our lives have changed drastically since 9/ll.”

While much of the Friends Academy community was not directly affected by the bombings last week, many faculty members and students are speaking up about their reactions to this tragic event.

For Senor Posada, the bombings did, in fact, hit close to home. “Last Friday I frantically waited to hear news from my brother Freddy and his young family who live up in Boston. I was very worried thinking of them. On Saturday morning, I finally heard the news that it so happens that the second bomber, Dzhokhar, was apprehended a few blocks away from where my brother and his family live in Watertown.”

The media has speculated considerably about the Tsarnaev brothers’ Islamic faith and what part it had to play in their actions, which has led to unjustified suspicion and discrimination against peaceful muslims. Muslims as a whole are certainly not to blame for the Boston attack; two radicalized individuals who practiced violent jihad are to blame.

 As a Quaker school, Friends Academy preaches peace and non-violent resolution, which is why the bombings are especially upsetting to the community because they go against our Quaker principles. Mr. Scardina shared his Quaker wisdom with the Inkwell, “As a Quaker, any act of senseless violence only strengthens my resolve to find peaceful solutions to future conflicts. As in 9-11, we must be committed to healing with the victims of tragedy and also avoid creating more victims by breaking the cycle of revenge. This is a tall order – especially in light of our national anxiety since 9-11, Sandy Hook, Boston, and countless other unfathomable events – but for me it is the only path with justice and love for all.”

Mr. Lape commented, “I think that it’s tragic that two young men whose families came to this country to escape Russian violence aimed at crushing a Chechyan independence movement would be seduced by an ideology of hate that sees the United States as a satanic force imperializing the world for greed and lust, when so many immigrants of diverse ethnicities and religions have embraced an American identity rooted in universal values of equality and freedom.”

When tragic events occur, people can become frightened and doubt their security.  However, sometimes it is events as horrible and shocking as the Boston bombing that unify a community through its peoples’ incredible acts in response to such a crisis.

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