Yesterday evening, two children from my neighborhood were fatally stabbed, allegedly by their Nanny, who then appeared to try to take her own life.
It is a horrific story. Beyond imaginings. To talk about how upsetting it is — well, what is there to say? So I won’t talk about that beyond saying that I feel for those parents, for their families and friends, I cannot imagine their grief.
What I’d like to talk about instead is the media coverage. Of course it’s sensationalistic. Of course it feels sordid when reporters bombard neighbors, people who didn’t even know the family, with questions about the couple and their kids. I’m used to that. What bothers me is that almost without exception, every report about the murder — the murder of two small children — included a reference to the family’s social status. (more…)