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June 12, 2014

Letters to the Editor: June 12, 2014

Trigger warnings

TO THE EDITOR: There is an inward battle going on between colleges and students saying that books and Power Points they may see or read must be labeled with “trigger warnings.”

The definition is an action that may trigger a memory of a traumatic experience.

Is life labeled with trigger warnings? College is supposed to prepare you for the real world, but how can it do that if reading materials are labeled with trigger warnings?

My dad works at the local jail. I grew up learning there are bad people in this world. If trigger warnings are used, how will people learn that the world is a not perfect?

No matter how much we shelter our kids, there are always going to be bad people.

People who go to college have to read and watch presentations. They may be reminded of experiences from the past, but how are they going to cope with what happened if they are hidden behind a protective wall?

If a student is in class and viewing material that may trigger memories, the student can leave to talk to a guidance counselor.

I recently fractured my pelvis in a softball game. This has caused me trauma. I fractured my pelvis by running, so technically, if I run again, it could trigger memories of the day I fractured my pelvis. Does this mean I don’t have to run again? I’m going to have to run again. It’s going to be hard at first, but I’ll get used to it. I’ll learn to cope and eventually heal the part of me that is scared to run.

You never know what’s going to happen that may trigger a traumatic experience. Life is unexpected. If used, a trigger warning will never allow you to heal.

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