The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

July 8, 2013

Letter: Think before posting on Facebook or Twitter

ENID, Okla. — Just more than a month has passed since two young men from the Nash community were killed in a motor vehicle accident. That day still is fresh in the minds of the family, the first responders and the community.

What made that day even worse were the well-meaning and kind people who felt that they had to reach for their smartphones and spread the bad news! Even before the bodies of these two men were removed from the scene, both Facebook and Twitter posts were being made concerning their deaths.

Their mother lived in Enid; one of the boys’ fiancees lived in Edmond. Neither one of them had been notified of the accident nor of the deaths of these two brothers.

As chaplain for the Nash Fire Department, the family asked me to notify both of their individuals of the accident. However, I can’t drive as fast as a post on the Internet. Thankfully, neither person looked at Facebook that morning. I was able to arrange for a death notification to be made by trained professionals; however, such notifications are made in person and takes several hours to accomplish at best.

It is a good reminder that before we post something to Facebook or tweet something on Twitter, we should think! It would have made a terrible situation much worse if either of these two persons would have seen it on the Internet before being told in person. If this was your loved one, would you have wanted to find out about their death on Facebook?

Gary Lillie, chaplain

Nash Fire Department

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