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Q&A: General Questions

Q&A: General Questions

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Isn't it a best practice to refer to incidents by date?

Why is it recommended to use just "shooting" instead of "mass shooting"?

Isn't it harsh to say "lives taken" or "people killed"?

Why should the term "anniversary" be avoided?

What should I do if a victim expresses a preference for a term that the City suggests may be troubling or problematic?

Given the recommendations above, what are some ways to be empathetic to friends and family in need?