Maybe Life Itself Should Come With a Trigger Warning

(Originally published on June 2, 2014 on, the online news source for WHYY in Philadlephia.)

The recent flurry of articles and commentary about “trigger warnings” has given shape to an unease I often thought about while teaching 7th-grade English at an independent girls’ school in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Trigger warnings include methods that might be used by a media outlet, writer, or even an educator to warn a reader, student, or participant that material is about to be shared that could be potentially offensive, frightening, or damaging to one’s psyche in some way.

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