Sirens

May. 12th, 2010 09:51 pm
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I was walking to the junior school a little before 4 this afternoon when there was a brief announcement on the intercom--you can hear these everywhere, as there are outdoor speakers all over the campus--followed by a loud noise like an air raid siren. I thought it was a fire drill or something, except that none of the students I saw were reacting in any way.

I went on to judge a speaking competition for the junior 1 students, and I more or less forgot about the siren until someone mentioned that today is the second anniversary of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. And that was what I heard over the speakers: the commemorative moment of earsplitting noise.

Maybe something like that does make you think about a crisis more than a moment of silence would. Or maybe there's just no way to get the student body silent.
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