As you have probably heard by now, there was a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert last night in Manchester, UK. The explosion killed at least 22 and injured at least 50 others. Obviously, the world is heartbroken for so many reasons. For one, many of the victims are suspected to be young girls, out enjoying a concert that should be fun and exciting. There are still many people missing, and there is still all around chaos in Manchester and the surrounding areas. Amongst it all, it’s important to keep on top of things and know what’s really going on. With all of the news circulating and social media being updated every second, we really need to know what’s happening.
We are all obviously heartbroken at the thought of these young fans experiencing horror after a concert, which is supposed to be a fun time in a loving environment. I went and saw Ariana this past February, where she mentioned how her concerts are safe spaces for everyone to be themselves. It’s so sad when this happens anywhere, and it’s horrible that safe spaces for young girls and fans are treated like this. Our thoughts are with anyone affected by this tragedy. If you want to stay informed, take a look at all of these things you need to know about the Manchester bombing.
1. It was a terrorist attack.
According to to Associated Press, the Islamic State Group has claimed responsibility of the attack. One arrest has been made in relation to the attack, but there is no other information as of right now.
The attacker reportedly acted alone and died in the arena. https://t.co/dQLeo19lKh
— Teen Vogue (@TeenVogue) May 23, 2017
2. There are many girls missing.
There were about 20 thousand people at the concert last night, and a lot of them are still missing. The trains stopped running last night, so many kids were unable to get home, leaving them stranded and alone in Manchester. A good way to help with this is to repost and retweet posts of missing girls. It might not seem like a lot, but it actually has helped people in the last few hours:
— Nathan (@nathanlamb26) May 22, 2017
We have been tweeting info on Twitter page, so fee free to check it out and RT if you can.
— Fadel Soliman (@FadelSoliman) May 23, 2017
PLEASE DON’T STOP RETWEETING UNTIL THEY ARE ALL FOUND
— Berenabas (@BerenabasG) May 23, 2017
3. This can feel really overwhelming.
Support others during this time, but know when to take a break. This attack was filmed, photographed and posted all over social media. It’s important to be aware, but it’s also okay to take a step back from this news. It is a traumatizing event for everyone involved, and it is okay to take a break from the news every once in awhile.
4. There are things you can do to help, even if you aren’t in Manchester.
In addition to taking care of yourself, you can help others. There are places to donate to the victims of the tragedy. If you can’t donate, repost and retweet pictures of the missing concert attendees. If you want to show support, you can repost images tweet in solidarity with those affected.
Also spread this guys! If you live in or near Manchester please help them! pic.twitter.com/DZnhec2F4W
— #PrayForTheWorld (@PurposeTourInfo) May 23, 2017
4. There is a lot of fake news you should avoid.
Unfortunately, fake news happens, and there is false info spreading. Be very careful when retweeting and reposting things, like this:
This isn’t even funny… why make a joke of this? https://t.co/CJ8WnSL59j
— Skai Jackson ♛ (@skaijackson) May 23, 2017
Using fake photos just to get RTs and followers is disgusting. There are many people still missing and scared, and be sure to try to give you attention to them, instead of spreading around fake news.
5. Support Ariana Grande
Ariana has, understandably, suspended the rest of her tour at this time. We can’t even imagine how she is feeling, and really hope she takes the time off she needs in order to heal from this traumatic event. It’s important for people to remember that this is not her fault, and she is human, too.
— Dangerous Woman Tour (@DWTour_) May 23, 2017
Feel free to share your thoughts on the attack in the comments below.