It’s been a week since the shooting massacre in Christchurch, but its aftermath is still being felt all over the world – including in average Australian homes.
Many of us know that footage of the incident was posted all over the internet and was viewed millions of times before it was taken down. Facebook alone removed 1.5 million videos. Accordingly, millions of children inadvertently have watched the shooting – meaning that there’s many parents wondering how to explain such violence and death to their kids.
Australian comedian Sammy J this week found that he too had to offer some guidance to a young viewer who wrote to him about tragedy. Sammy J chose to respond to her on his YouTube show, Sammy J’s Playground Politics.
“This letter is from a little girl called Jessie,” he starts, reading aloud from the note. “This week, I saw a lot of people crying on the news, and then my mummy turned the TV off. Now I’m scared. What happened?”
The comedian decides to tell the little girl, Jessie, the truth.
“I could tell you that nothing happened, and everything’s fine, but that wouldn’t be the truth,” he says. “The truth is, a very bad person did a very bad thing, and a lot of very good people died. And that was scary.”
He explains that Jessie’s mum was most likely worried she would get scared, so she turned off the television. In answer to her question about what happened, he gives the following explanation:
“Why do grown ups do scary things? I’m a grown up, and I have no idea.
“But I think sometimes, it’s because they’re scared. Scared of people who look different, or speak differently, or go to a place a different place to pray.
“And sometimes they get so scared, they get angry. And then they blame the people they’re scared of for making them feel scared in the first place.”