Social media and its ability to prevent horific tragedy

Upon coming across this surprising headline yesterday, I was not only appalled to learn that another possible school shooting nearly took place, but also that social media was directly involved in stopping this attack.

As a loyal Instagram follower direct messaged Julian Edelman - the star wide receiver of NFL's New England Patriots - , Edelman subsequently informed the authorities, and may have effectively stopped a shooting from taking place at a Port Huron, Michigan school. With social media's ongoing evolution, specifically as networks hold user-bases in the billions, the capabilities of social media are transcending that of mere social interaction. I would love to hear the MSC's thoughts on this occurrence, and look forward to discussing the larger roles of social media in society.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/04/sports/patriots-julian-edelman-shooting.html http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2018/04/new_england_patriots_wr_helps.html

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