Vis a vis an article in Salon, we learned of the treatment of Gene Rosen in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, and were quite unobjectively stunned — how could anyone believe so thoroughly in such bunk they’d go so far as to engage in such behavior? It was galling.
In case you missed it, Rosen found six children — Sandy Hook students who had escaped the shooting — in his driveway, before news of the event spread. Gene welcomed the kids into his home, gave them juice and snacks, comforted them and shared stuffed animals with them as they waited to be picked up. He later admitted that a fraught parent had shown up later looking for her child, one of the massacre’s 20 child victims.
[Redacted] was one of the people who read our piece on Rosen and what had happened to him after the incident, and [redacted] was about as bothered as anyone who had been moved by Rosen’s actions and stunned by the update.
At current count, the page has 2,819 fans, and messages of love, support and thanks from people all over the country to Rosen. [Redacted] was kind enough to tell us about the story, why she came to create the page and how Rosen has been affected by it. Here are her replies to our questions.
Can you tell us a bit about your Facebook page for Gene Rosen?
A friend of mine posted a link to your article in The Inquisitr which I read and led me also to the story in Salon. I read a few more stories and was discussing with a group of Facebook friends how it sickened me for Mr. Rosen that he was being treated this way. One of my friends said, “Someone should start a facebook page about this.” And I thought, you know what? They should. So I did.
It initially started out as a way for me to feel like I was doing something for him, albeit in a small way, but at the time, it was the only thing I knew to do. When I went to bed that night it had 45 likes I think and when I woke up that next morning it had over 500 and there were tons of messages in the inbox.
I enlisted the help of a few people to help admin the page. Keeping the naysayers and “trolls” off has been almost a full time job in itself!
The page evolved into a way for people to get messages of support, hope and love to Gene from Newton and all over the world and is over 2,800 “likes.”