A lad was killed at a local station a couple of nights ago, Heyington Station to be precise. I knew because of tweet. R knew about it as it was covered in a commercial evening news bulletin. I watched the ABC news that evening and there was no mention. I had earlier listened to an ABC radio news, but there was no mention. If not for the tweet, I would not have asked R about it I would not have known about it, and I am normally pretty up to speed to with such things.
Why is it not being made a big deal of? Why is it not on the news?
I looked at our local papers, The Age and Herald Sun online, and there was nothing.
Surely a lad slipping between the gap between a train and the platform and most horribly, the train taking off and him being killed, is newsworthy. Given there were umpteen cameras on the platform, surely so. Melbourne's pram woman who let her carriage containing her child roll down a platform onto train tracks went viral.
Recently I have noticed some of the gaps between platforms and train floors can be quite large.
So what went on here? Heyington Station is one of our quietest railway stations in one of our most expensive areas. If you live within walking distance of Heyington Station, you probably have big money.
I think public transport is the way to go for our future and if it goes wrong, as it does often enough, I want to know why, especially if someone is killed when using it.
I googled. A two line report from the Herald Sun came up. It said no more than a lad was killed at a station, and no details.
I can only conclude the lad who was killed had very rich and influential parents. His parents killed the story in the media and are so influential that even our public broadcaster, our publically funded ABC, did not report the accident.
Other people have fallen between the gap and it became big news.
Conspiracy theory or a busy news day?