Young people’s reaction to the Boston Marathon bombings

As Boston begins the healing process after Monday’s violence, many of us will turn to each other. Yesterday, Thriving shared advice from psychiatry experts on how to help children deal with fears they may be experiencing. Today, we will share a different perspective: real-life accounts from two young Bostonians.

Elan and Erica, senior peer leaders for Boston Children’s Center for Young Women’s Health and the Young Men’s Health initiative, blog for TeenSpeak, a website maintained by Boston Children’s Center’s for Young Women’s Health and the Young Men’s Health Initiative; a forum where teens, young adults, youth advisors, mentors and health care providers write about real life issues. Like everywhere else in the city, the talk at TeenSpeak yesterday focused on Monday’s bombings. Here’s what the two young bloggers had to say about their own experiences and reactions to the violence at the Boston Marathon:


An act of violence and terror disrupted what should have been a day full of pride and glorious celebration. The 117th Boston Marathon was held yesterday, on Patriots Day; a Massachusetts holiday recognizing the battles of Lexington and Concord. Tragedy shook this normally joyous holiday when two explosives blew up, injuring more than a hundred and killing three…  As we pray for the victims’ speedy and healthy recoveries, we remain alert, but not afraid. The police and FBI are on the job trying to uncover who was behind this event. Rather than making assumptions, focus on caring for each other and for the victims of this attack, not hating the people responsible….

Read the whole blog here.


Yesterday was a very sad day for Boston. The bombing during the annual Boston Marathon took away three lives and injured more than 170 people. I don’t know what kind of heartless person would do this knowing that so many kids would be in danger. Reading all of the articles and listening to the news makes me sad and drives me to the verge of tears. None of us expected this to happen, which is probably why it has a bigger impact… What’s even scarier to me is that a couple of my school friends asked me earlier in the day to join them to watch the marathon. Who knows, maybe if I had gone we would have ended up near where it all happened. Maybe we would have gotten seriously injured – or maybe nothing would have happened…

Read the whole blog here.

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