12.11.2008

The circus was back in town

After a couple of decades in the sports business and lots of "big" game media events, I am fairly non-plussed by media circuses. Today was a circus-plus day.

One of our schools is situated at the end of a dead end road with no other access. It was along this road, within 100 yards of the front gate, that the remains of a young person were found this morning just into the nearby woods. Without going into all the details, the common assumption is that the remains are that of Caylee Anthony, the missing 4-year old cutie pie (since June) who's been a favorite of Nancy Grace and other media networks (CNN story here).

Well, I had to hurry to the scene shortly after noon today to explain how we were going to release the students from the school and allow parents to pick them up - with a road closed off by police fully engrossed in an investigation - in the rain - with every network you can name on the scene.

School was out at 3 p.m. and the buses with many school kids rolled by the police cars, media tents, satellite trucks, curious neighbors and reporters oblivious to what was going on, smiling and waving. I felt obliged to wave back and smile just to help them relax, in case they had any fears about what was going on.

Knowing kids, I expect they had a pretty good clue even though they'd been in school all day doing what they do. The media circus has been on their school's street for months so it won't be any big surprise when they find out, but the news is grim. Nevertheless, teachers and staff will be ready tomorrow to listen and watch for reactions and questions.

A sad day but maybe one of relief for many.

Oh. I ran 1.5 of 5 planned miles this morning before stopping. I walked home. Something was bothering me. I didn't know it would be Caylee Anthony.

8 comments:

Joe said...

Whoo boy...what a day. Your experience is useful in such times. Many will appreciate it, even if they don't recognize it.

Groover said...

Without knowing the story or being exposed to this media hype: what a terrible story. My thoughts are with the parents, friends and everybody else around this tragedy

peter said...

What a heart-breaking post. Sometimes real life really does intrude. It is fortunate that a person of such reason as yourself is there to get everyone else through things like this.

Mia Goddess said...

Oh my. I'm not aware of the story itself, but the situation is so tragic on it's own...poor baby. Poor David. Must be hard to be in a position where it's your job to support others when you feel something so deeply yourself. The same thing will be true for the teachers in that school, as they struggle to help their students. Such a sad story!

jeanne said...

geeze what a day. and what a heartbreaking story. you always know exactly the right thing to do david. they're so lucky to have you.

Just12Finish said...

Every life lost is a loss.

Rae said...

Oh wow, I had no clue you were so close to the case. Such a sad story, I just don't get some people.

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