This is by far my favorite episode. It was on yesterday (april 9th) and it just made me think about a recent event that happened at my school. It wasn't a fire, it was a lot worse, but it was the same sort of thing. I like the message it shows that something good can come out of a tragedy or a traumatic experience.
On December 12th (12/12/06), was the death of Shane Halligan. He brought an AK47 into school and in between morning classes pulled it out of the large duffel bag that contained it. He shot at the wall three times (with no intention to hurt anyone, just to get everyone away from him) and the school went into lockdown, as well as surrounding schools. Once everyone was either outside or locked in classrooms, he proceeded to walk to the front of the library, where he eventually placed the gun underneath his chin and killed himself.
In this Arthur episode, each character goes through a different reaction to what happened, all which can relate to the experience I described above. Buster missed the entire thing, and therefore didn't feel as upset as everyone else about the fire. My sister was like this too; she was absent the day Shane killed himself and didn't experience the same fear and pain everyone else did. Binky's experience was similar to mine. He had a fear of going back to school after seeing flames. I happened to be an unfortunate student who saw Shane in the hallway (after he fired the three shots) it was just me and him, and it was a very memorable scene. I clearly can picture the anger in his eyes, the determination, the fear. For weeks I had flashbacks of the exact scene every time I walked down that hallway. I would enter my next class in a daze. Arthur's reaction was similar to pretty much everyone in my entire school: no one felt safe anymore. Although pretty much everyone came back to school once it opened again, we were still terrified of a copycat suicide of some sort.
The good that came out of it all was that our school learned to cope together. We realized how close we really were, and the whole experience just brought everyone together... different groups of friends, teachers, and so on. Also, many students' respect for a security guard, Tony, grew. Tony attempted to convince Shane to put down the gun by speaking to him through a classroom door. There was a candlelight vigil the night of Shane's death which many of us attended. Just standing there with almost my entire school, all feeling the same sadness and pain, all crying together, made me realize how close we were, even though I didn't know many of them well, there was still this sense that we were all caring for each other, that we all could feel for each other.
So can anyone else relate to this episode in some way? This is a thread where we can all share our experiences similar to Arthur's on April 9th.