In My Opinion
Children at a Midnight Screening? My Thoughts on the Aurora Movie Theater Shooting
I just need to say this.
Of all the senselessly tragic details of the recent mass shooting in Colorado (and there are multitudes), one that particularly disturbed me as a parent was the number of young children in attendance at a midnight movie showing.
There was even a campaign on Facebook and Twitter over the weekend to get the lead actor from the movie to visit the wounded young ones at the Children's Hospital.
Another news report praised a young man, who helped a mother and her two small children escape unharmed.
Why were the children there in the first place?
This bothers me on many levels. Not just for the infants who don't know anymore than the barrage of loud, frightening noises, but also for young children who really shouldn't be seeing a movie like Batman.
Batman is not a movie for children. Plain and simple. The reviews about its violence on top of violence have been consistent. When are we going to stop exposing our children (and paying money to do so) to extreme violence at a young age?
Secondly, while I certainly enjoyed my share of midnight movies as a singleton, there's always my mother's voice in my head about having my children out at night. "Bad things happen at night," she would say, or "children shouldn't be running the streets at night." The subtext of that was, only "bad" mothers have their children out in the streets at night, unnecessarily. And while I don't fully agree with my mother, I do think many parents don't want to accept that there are things of youth and childless life that are no longer appropriate as a parent, and perhaps attending midnight movie screenings with infants and toddlers in tow, is one of them.
Were you bothered that young children had been taken to a midnight screening ?