I’m Here Reacting | #OurLondonFamily

Adam Fearnall
4 min readJun 10, 2021

Trigger Warning: This post contains discussion of the recent terrorist attack in London, Ontario and documents my experience of hearing the news.

I was sitting in a warehouse in Halifax, waiting to be called to set, when I found out about the terrorist attack in London, Ontario. I heard the news from my dad, in a text message, “Are you hearing about what happened here on Hyde Park Road last night? It is horrific.”

I went to Twitter and searched “Hyde Park.” I came across posts about a stabbing in London, England and wondered, briefly, if my dad had the story wrong. I’m not sure how I stumbled upon the news, but in the end, I got my information from Craig Needles as he listened to the press conference with London Police Chief Stephen Williams.

I scrolled through Twitter and looked at the profiles of Muslim friends, colleagues, and community organizations. Each time that I came back to my feed I read another comment from an acquaintance or politician expressing solidarity, naming feelings, or explaining something.

The background noise in the warehouse turned into a fuzzy vacuum of not-quite-sound and I started to get hot.

I started to like posts: Craig Needles, Sherine Fahmy, Selma Tobah, London West NDP, Mariam Hamou, Dr. Muna Saleh, and Ali Chahbar, and retweeted one: Dr. Ingrid Mattson. I started to compose a tweet a few times, but didn’t finish writing any.

I made a donation.

I wrote in my notebook.

  • “My house” because the attack happened 5 minutes from where I grew up.
  • “Road hockey” because my friend hosted our games nearby.
  • “Sad, heartsick, love, acceptance” because they crossed my heart.
  • “One small thing” because it’s what I knew to offer.

I wrote down quotations that made me feel hope:

  • “We will respond to those trying to inflict terror on our community with love.”
  • “He is a son of our community and we are all his family.”

I wrote down quotations that made me feel critical:

  • “Our community is safe.”
  • “Like all Londoners.”

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Adam Fearnall

Human, Organizer, Baseball Fan, Singer/Songwriter for @bethechase