United States, World

A Terrorists Attack That Caused Mass Hysteria and Trauma

Terror. Confusion. Tragedy. Terrorism hit the city of Boston hard on April 15, 2013.. There have been approximately 353 terrorist attacks since 1865. That’s almost three bombings every year since 1865. One of these terrorist attacks was the Boston bombing which took place on April 13, 2013. The Boston bombing attacks can be connected to terrorism because the purpose of the bombings was to hurt American people, it caused tragedy and hysteria to the country, and they also did multiple crimes following the bombings in Boston. Terrorism has been a rising concern in America since they started happening more often.

The Boston Bombings can be connected to terrorism because the purpose of the bombings was to hurt innocent American people. There were two bombs that went off in Boston on April 15, 2013. Both of them detonated at the end of the marathon near the finish line. When the two bombs went off, it devastated everyone; It wounded more than 260 people and also killed three individuals, one of them being a 7 year old little boy. The boston marathon is held on Patriots Day which is the day that the revolutionary war started. Patriots Day is celebrated on the third monday in April. This marathon begins in the town of Hopkins and ends in Copley Square. When this race occurs, there are around 23,000 participates who run in this marathon.  The point of these bombings were to hurt the American people and also the government. The men who detonated the bombs were 19 year old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Throughout time, terrorism has grown rapidly. We can trace terrorism back to the 1st Century. When people think of Terrorism they think of bombings. However, terrorism isn’t all about bombings, there can be shootings and many more crimes along with the bombings. From 1969 to 2009 alone, almost 5600 people have lost their lives and more that 16, 300 people have been injured from terrorist attacks. During this one attack , more than 260 people were wounded and sixteen people lost legs, the youngest being a 7 year old little girl.  While there is physical damage, there is also emotional damage as well. When a person goes through a horrible trauma such as one like the boston bombing, they can develop PTSD and anxiety which can lead to depression and sleep disorders.

The Boston bombing caused tragedy and hysteria to America but mostly on Massachusetts. The Boston bombings sent the people in the race not only to a panic, but the people who were watching the race as well. On the day of April 15, 2013 when the two bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, it killed three people. Later, following the same bomb, a fourth victim was shot and killed by the terrorist. The three people were 29 year old Krystle Campbell, 23 year old Lu Lingzi and 8 year old Martin Richard. As the evenings and hours passed on, an MIT campus Police Officer Sean Collier was shot and killed in his patrol from the Tsarnaev brothers. This is connected to terrorism because not only did these terrorist commit one crime by setting off not one but two bombs, they went on for 92 hours until they caught the Tsarnaev brothers. This was labeled a terrorist attack, even though the men were not part of a terrorist organization, because for 92 hours these brothers ran around the city commiting more crimes including shooting and killing a MIT campus police officer and also carjacking, kidnapping, and holding hostage Dun Meng (also known as Danny). The definition of terrorism is “ The use of intentionally indiscriminate violence as a means to create terror, or fear, to achieve a financial, political, religious or ideological aim” (Wikipedia). The terrorists use terrorism in the Boston Bombings because they intentionally wanted to cause terror and fear.

The Boston Bombings were acts of terrorism because they performed multiple other acts of crime following the bombings. The Tsarnaev brothers used two bombs called  “pressure cooker bombs” which were detonated by cell phones in a remote location. When the bombs detonated the Tsarnaev brothers disappeared into the crowds and vanished. The police looked for the terrorist for three days and after a city wide search the police managed to find the brothers with the help of Dun Meng. When the bombers hijacked Danny’s car, Danny was able to get away from them and call 911. The police locked down surrounding communities until they found the suspects driving the stolen car. The Tsarnaev brothers got into a gunfight with Boston Police Department on Friday April 19, where Tamerlan Tsarnaev died, and his brother escaped authorities. The search for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev continued until 9 P.M. on Friday April 19. A man went to check on his boat in his backyard and noticed that there was blood on the boat. He continued to call the police, and the police surrounded the boat. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev continued to surrender at 9 P.M. on April 19, 2013. Terrorist attacks can happen anywhere and at anytime. While I suggest that people do not talk about terrorism, I think that it is good to prepare for the worst. I think that communities around the world should talk about how to prevent terrorist attacks, and what to do in a situation where something like a terrorist attack could occur.

Terrorism exists in the World. In the United States alone there have been over 300 terrorist attacks since 1865. The Boston Bombings were an act of Terrorism, and will never be forgotten by the people in Massachusetts, and most of all the people in Boston. There were more than 260 people killed and 16 people lost limbs that day. We will never forget the four people that lost their lives due to this horrible act. The Boston bombing attacks can be connected to terrorism because the purpose of the bombings was to hurt American people, it caused tragedy and hysteria to America, and they also committed  multiple crimes following the bombings in Boston. Terrorism has been a rising concern in America since they started happening more often. I believe that we can help the United States prevent crimes like these from happening by standing up as a community, and raising awareness. I believe that we should write letters to our local, state, and federal government to see what we can do to raise awareness about this rising situation.

“Nothing will ever take away the power and resolve and fearlessness of the great city of Boston. We will get through this. It will take time, but we will get through this.” -Anonymous

Article by Samantha Russell

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