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    Amy Laskowski

    Amy Laskowski is a senior writer at Boston University. She is always hunting for interesting, quirky stories around BU and helps manage and edit the work of BU Today’s interns. She did her undergrad at Syracuse University and earned a master’s in journalism at the College of Communication in 2015. Profile

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There are 6 comments on Aftermath of Marathon Bombings: Anxiety, Fear Persist for Some

  1. It would be helpful if this story also spoke specifically to resources available to staff and faculty who also may be dealing with anxiety and other issues resulting from last week’s tragic events.

  2. Laurie, please note in the 2nd to last paragraph the Facutly & Staff Assistance Office is noted as a resource for faculty, staff and their families. This serice is confiedntail and free of charge……

    1. Glad to see that. Our nonprofit has been serving emergency responders in the same way: free and confidentially for over a year now. We wish every one a full recovery there in Boston.

  3. I walked through Copley Square on my way to work today and stood at the memorial site for Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi, and Martin Richard. I felt overwhelming grief and could not stop crying. Thought about avoiding Copley Square but that’s what terrorists want: for us to stop living our lives the way we normally do. So I’m reconciled to walking those streets, holding my head up, even with tears streaming down my face. My tears honor the memory of those lost and injured and will help me heal. Through this pain, I am creating my new normal.

  4. Sara, you have described a perfect example of self-victimization and/or self-aggrandizement. In this deeply narcissistic and media-obsessed society, it gives many a feeling of importance and identity when they over-identify with whatever the media is currently obsessed with. People get killed all the time in the Boston area, as every other big city. Yet you don’t shed crocodile tears and get all obsessed with them. Get a grip. Millions of people intentionally traumatized themselves by staying glued to the TV. Surely there is powerful psychology in that worth study.

    Whatever “mental health counselling” was provided, the wrong people got it. The people who were most traumatized, and were unwillingly, were those who were forced out of their homes at gunpoint, yelled at by militarized police and even national guard troops to keep their hands up under threat of being shot. Entire neighborhoods taken over by troops in armored vehicles, treating everyone like criminals. All so the police could get in a little urban warfare practice. Think of the very real trauma that surely caused many innocent people. Srar, if you so wish to grieve, grieve for our loss of democracy, because the real story that day was how Americans submitted to fascism without an ounce of resistance.

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