Steubenville, Ohio, schools placed on lockdown amid increased interest in controversial rape case (nydailynews.com) link to original article
It is one thing to shine a spotlight upon something the world must see. It is another to light it on fire. Both may draw attention and the latter even more so.
However with a fire, though it may be more awe inspiring and generate more buzz and emotion and is guaranteed to pump people up with the excitement of the spectacle, you risk burning down the very thing you were trying to bring attention to, and unlike a spotlight more often than not, as is the case with impulsively lit fires you have no control over its intensity and its spread, and so you risk losing control of it and endangering everything and everyone around it, regardless if they had anything to do with the very thing you wanted to highlight.
If you don’t believe me, I can think of a few thousands of scared and confused kids right now who may be able to concur.
Thanks to the “anonymous” lighter of that fire for the attention, lets just hope the shortcut to attention doesn’t cause the very thing they were calling attention to be reduced to ashes. Too bad nobody warned them…..oh wait….