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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • McPherson responds to Boston bombings

  • Two explosions in Boston went off during the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon, killing three and injuring more than 130, according to Associated Press.

    The McPherson Sentinel talked to local residents to get their responses to the news.
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  • Two explosions in Boston went off during the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon, killing three and injuring more than 130, according to Associated Press.
    The McPherson Sentinel talked to local residents to get their responses to the news.
    Shela Spencer
    What was your reaction?
    “It’s horrifying. I just don’t understand why they’d do it at a race, you know? What’s the point?"
    Who do you think caused it?
    “I have no idea. With all of the other bad things that have happened this year, that U.S. citizens were doing to each other, I don’t particularly go straight to terrorists or anybody in particular.”
    Merry Gulid
    What was your reaction?
    “I think it’s absolutely horrific. I mean, I just don’t understand people who do things like this. To me, it’s just real confusing that other people have so much hatred and wish to cause pain and suffering to other people.”
    Who do you think caused it?
    “Well, in light of past events, I would say we’re either dealing with terrorists or with someone who obviously has some mental issues. And if it is mental issues, I think it just brings to light after the Newtown shooting the crisis that we have in our mental health communities; that we are not properly addressing the mental health issues that we have. Terrorists — I don’t know what else we can do.”
    Jerry Bowen
    What was your reaction?
    “It’s tragic that we still live in a world where violence and injuring other people seems to be a way to express one’s anger or pain. Tragic.”
    Who do you think caused it?
    “I don’t know. I don’t even want to guess. Just someone who has a jaded sense of humanity and what is right and wrong.”
    Mel Wright
    What was your reaction?
    “Of course, I was certainly startled and disappointed to hear that it happened at such a prestigious and fun event that’s a part of the history of Boston itself. I was actually in total shock. I could hardly believe it when I first saw it on the news.”
    Who do you think caused it?
    Page 2 of 2 - “Well, I think all the politicians are hesitant to call it terrorism. They’re very careful about labeling things. But, to me, it’s got to be some type of international terrorist group. I don’t think it’s anything within our nation itself.”
    Aaron Cannon
    What was your reaction?
    “I think it was tragic the way it happened. It was kind of a shock. It shouldn’t have happened that way. I pray for the people in Boston and the families of those who were hurt.”

    Who do you think caused it?
    “I really don’t know. I hope the people who did it get caught and get punished the way they should.”
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