April 4, 2007

Lock Down

Last night when we told the family of a 16 year old boy that he had been shot to death, the response was ugly and frightening. A riot, at least the closest thing I've ever seen to a riot, ensued. The hospital went on "lock down" and noone could enter or leave for an hour while dozens of police took control. Here is the initial story from the local newspaper...

11 comments:

Iron Girl Nyhus said...

Holy cow!!!! I'm so glad you are okay! Scary stuff.

SkiRough said...

Wow. There are some pretty ignorant comments in reponse to that article on the news website.

ZBUCK said...

I agree Skirough, but who wouid riot in an emergency room? Come on, the place tried to save the kid and then you start tearing it apart? I lost a best friend at 16 and when the doctor came out and told us, we didn't start going crazy and have to have the ploice called. Anyway, glad you are okay Trijack!

Mallie said...

YIKES. Very glad you're OK.

I agree with the ignorance of the initial comment on the newspaper web site too.

Mallie said...

I mean, I agreee it was ignorant...not that I agree with the attitude that is ignorant! :)

TriJack said...

i agree, the comment as worded seems outdated and foolish. but it is definitely true that different cultural groups handle situations in slightly different ways, and some groups, in general, have a much more outwardly expressive manner of grieving.
that's fine, but when a large crowd is fused with high emotion and anger sometimes things get out of control, which is i think the situation in this case.
crowd dynamics are a fascinating social study...

Libor said...

You have a cool but very scary job dude. Take care of yourself.

ironjenny said...

Ahhh - the cycle of violence. I'm so sorry you all had to be in the middle of all that when you are (as everyday) there just trying to help people.
Take care, TriJack. Hugs.
Jenny

RunBubbaRun said...

Glad to hear everybody was okay. You never do know where violence can happen at.

We are reminded we live in a carzy world sometimes..

Robin said...

Wow, that sounds scary. I am always in awe of the grace that ER docs and nurses display when facing overwhelming emotions and tough situations. I'm glad it was resolved and that you're okay. I can't imagine being in the middle of that (then again, I also can't - or won't - imagine losing a child either.) So sad, this violence thing.

IM Able said...

I am so saddened when I hear stories like this. My best friend is an ER doc at Temple -- in a poor and often violent area of Philly -- and I'm always worried that she'll be subjected to this kind of senseless violence. Isn't it enough that you deal with the aftermath every day? Thank goodness no one else was hurt.