And the Award for Insensitivity Goes To....

#1
I cannot imagine anything worse for the family involved than losing their 2 yr old child in such circumstances...

BBC Report

..but both the British Transport Police and the BBC need to review the way in which they use their words in such a tragic case:

The BTP spokesman said: "The boy's family have been made aware and a file will be prepared for the coroner."
Presumably, both organisations gave the task of compiling the report to a 16 yr old with 10 A* GCSEs.

Litotes

Oh Lord, the shame. My spelling has been corrected by the lady with no name and a large house on her back. Woe is me! Woe.....
 
#2
Not following you on this one...
 
#3
Me neither. Did the boys family not know where he was?
 
#4
He was hit by the 1441 BST Lincoln to Peterborough service. Police said the death was being treated as unexplained.
I'm no expert on this, but I'm guessing that a train killed him.
 
#5
theoriginalphantom said:
He was hit by the 1441 BST Lincoln to Peterborough service. Police said the death was being treated as unexplained.
I'm no expert on this, but I'm guessing that a train killed him.
I think the fact the train was running on time was the unexplainable part.
 
#6
Maybe its because the boy was in a rather unpleasant state that the investigation and PM will be a prolonged one rather than the quick once over affair.
 
#7
The reason they stress that the NOK have been made aware is to stop anyone in the same area and in similar circumstances jumping to conclusions. The media say it when reporting deaths to stop every family of someone in that regiment from assuming the worst.

TOP: you're going to hell for posting that, and so am I for laughing :lol:
 
#8
To be fair, how hard is it to say 'Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time', and then just file the corners report anyway? Litotes is right, I don't see the need for people to be so disgustingly clinical during such a sensitive period.
 
#9
I was objecting to the phrase "The boy's family have been made aware..".

Of course they've been made "aware"! Some poor bloody copper has just parked himself in their kitchen for several days!

The reporter should have written "The boy's family is being comforted by relatives.." or something similar.

The reporter's poor use of the language was the target of my ire.

Litotes
 
#10
This is the "ARMY" rumour service isn't it?

The same army that starts telling jokes about dead people before they die?

Its sad that a kid has been potted with a train but we don't all have to sit around grieving about it as if we were related. We would have took the pesh if the BBC reporter had said that he attended the scene and threw roses at the train whilst crying!
 
#11
Closet_Jibber said:
This is the "ARMY" rumour service isn't it?

The same army that starts telling jokes about dead people before they die?

Its sad that a kid has been potted with a train but we don't all have to sit around grieving about it as if we were related. We would have took the pesh if the BBC reporter had said that he attended the scene and threw roses at the train whilst crying!
Who's grieving?
 
#12
skintboymike said:
'Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.'
To make such a comment would imply that your thoughts actually were with the family. Such thoughts would not be happy ones. You get my point.

I'm not trying to be a pedant I'm just making a point that not very many people are actually bothered by this. They may read the article and think "Ouch" or "Awww thats sad" but then like me they'll go back to their brew then decide whether they're gonna put the dark washing on now or in the morning.
 
#13
Closet_Jibber said:
Maybe its because the boy was in a rather unpleasant state that the investigation and PM will be a prolonged one rather than the quick once over affair.
The question that has my mind buzzing is how the hell did a 2 Y/O child get on a level crossing unsupervised? Or was it a case of neglect?

I know a little bit about lvl xings. They are pretty damned safe when properly used. Yet every year some people earn a Darwin award on them, through Galactic sized stupidity mostly.

This is puzzling though.

A two-year-old child has been killed by a train at a foot crossing in Cambridgeshire...The boy's family have been made aware...
Did the child have no family present? WTF!
 
#14
I think Litotes is quite right, but on the other hand it could have been worse as in: "the family will be informed when all the bits have been collected".
 
#15
StickyEnd raises the point that troubled me.

What the fcuk was actually happening and who was the child with?
 
#16
Closet_Jibber said:
skintboymike said:
'Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.'
To make such a comment would imply that your thoughts actually were with the family. Such thoughts would not be happy ones. You get my point.

I'm not trying to be a pedant I'm just making a point that not very many people are actually bothered by this. They may read the article and think "Ouch" or "Awww thats sad" but then like me they'll go back to their brew then decide whether they're gonna put the dark washing on now or in the morning.
My point is - what would the family rather hear? 'Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time' or 'The coroner's report will be filed in the morning'.

Don't get me wrong - at the end of the day this is nothing to do with general public, but if you're going to release a statement to the press, don't try your hardest to sound like a knob whilst doing so.
 
#17
I would say look at the rest of the article. I have seen bigger news articles on David Beckhams flip flops. The article is short and to the point for whatever reason that is (I'd say column inches if it wasn't online). The Police Statement is hardly going to be epic if the rest of the article is just a brief taster.

Incidently why don't we react the same when the BBC say:

"A British Soldier has been killed in Helmand province last night by an IED. The next of kin have been informed. This brings the total number of British Soldiers killed in Afghanistan to 123... In other news The Jade Goodie center for children that don't read too good opened today. Whatshisface reports.............."
 
#18
skintboymike said:
Closet_Jibber said:
skintboymike said:
'Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.'
To make such a comment would imply that your thoughts actually were with the family. Such thoughts would not be happy ones. You get my point.

I'm not trying to be a pedant I'm just making a point that not very many people are actually bothered by this. They may read the article and think "Ouch" or "Awww thats sad" but then like me they'll go back to their brew then decide whether they're gonna put the dark washing on now or in the morning.
My point is - what would the family rather hear? 'Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time' or 'The coroner's report will be filed in the morning'.

Don't get me wrong - at the end of the day this is nothing to do with general public, but if you're going to release a statement to the press, don't try your hardest to sound like a knob whilst doing so.
Do you think that the family are finding this out by the BBC?
 
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#19
skintboymike said:
Closet_Jibber said:
skintboymike said:
'Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.'
To make such a comment would imply that your thoughts actually were with the family. Such thoughts would not be happy ones. You get my point.

I'm not trying to be a pedant I'm just making a point that not very many people are actually bothered by this. They may read the article and think "Ouch" or "Awww thats sad" but then like me they'll go back to their brew then decide whether they're gonna put the dark washing on now or in the morning.
My point is - what would the family rather hear? 'Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time' or 'The coroner's report will be filed in the morning'.

Don't get me wrong - at the end of the day this is nothing to do with general public, but if you're going to release a statement to the press, don't try your hardest to sound like a knob whilst doing so.
NOK have been informed is fine enough. Crap like "thoughts are with family" etc wouldn't actually be genuine. And bearing in mind as another poster said - WTF was a 2yo doing there anyway?
 
#20
Exercising his 'uman rights of freedom of access?
 

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