Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on the massacre at langdale high and lauras secret diary. Was transparency maintained in reporting? These are the questions that need to be answered when analyzing the case.
What has been referred to as ‘Massacre at Langdale High’ transpired in Andersonville- a small town in the United States. The case of Langdale High involves two siblings named Jeffrey and Laura. Both of them had a pleasant childhood but soon things started to change. The case informs that the neighbors confirmed that both the siblings were friendly and warm during their childhood. However, in the case of Laura, her disposition suddenly changed after her tenth birthday. She became quieter and withdrew herself from communications.
The reason was, when she turned ten, she was subjected to sexual harassment by her father periodically. This led to the formation of negative feelings inside her such as embarrassment and resentment. She did not engage in any social activity and isolated herself. She was limited to a close clique, whom she called her friends. She tried opting for drugs, in an attempt to find some solace but to her surprise, Laura found jotting her thought in her diary as more therapeutic and satisfactory.
In the case of Jeffrey, he was a bright kid and celebrated his father as his superhero. He longed for his attention and wanted to share a close bond with him. He was aware of the fact that his sister was being sexually abused by the father every now and then Laura had complained to him several times, but he did not take any stance on his issue and chose to remain quiet. When Jeffrey turned 13, his family was abandoned by his father. This incident was a milestone in Jeffrey’s life and left him a changed person. He became bitter as a person and fell into glum depression. Weapons and ammunition started to lure him and. Many assumed that his rampage was because of the frustration that he felt.
This case informs of Sharyn Lassiter, who was the police and a court reporter at Andersonville Tribune. In her four-year career as a reporter, she had covered many stories of crimes- ranging from rape, assassinations to burglaries but this particular episode of violence shocked her. She decided to pursue this case in-depth and started probing people to get a deeper insight into the situation. She also collaborated with Andy Cherry – who was in charge of Delvin’s case investigation.