Guardian Columnist Kia Abdullah Tweets For Joy That Max Boomgaarden-Cook, Bruno Melling-Firth And Conrad Quashie Are Dead
HATS off to Guardian columnist (well, she writes online at Comment Is Free) Kia Abdullah for forming an award opinion that readers can sink their chops into and tackle about in the comments sections and on Twitter. Abdullah says she “smiled” when she learnt that students Max Boomgaarden-Cook, 20, Bruno Melling-Firth and Conrad Quashie, both 19, had died in a coach crash in Thailand last Tuesday. She Tweeted:
“Is it really awful that I don’t feel any sympathy for anyone killed on a gap year? I actually smiled when I saw that they had double-barrelled surnames. Sociopath?”
No. Just a newspaper columnist looking to make a name for herself. Job done, Kia. You’re famous! Shame you had to do it on the back of three dead lads on a trip overseas. Still, their loved one will be happy that they did not die for nothing.
Or as Gerhard Boomgaarden, 48, father of Max, put it:
“I didn’t know that a body could physically produce so many tears. I didn’t know that it could hurt so much and so persistently.”
A fourth lad called Jack survived. The four lads were all state-educated at The Charter School in South London.
Update: The first words on Kia’s blog are: “I don’t use social networking sites.”