'Glee' Recap: Is It Too Soon for a School Shooting on TV?

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Glee school shootingGlee has never been a show that's afraid to push the envelope, but after tonight's "Shooting Star" episode, there's one question America has to be asking: was it too soon for a school shooting? We're not even four months past Sandy Hook. Newtown parents are only now slowly finding their voice and coming out to talk about the horrors of losing their children.

And already Glee turned a national tragedy into fodder for a TV show? Again, I ask, is it too soon?

Granted, Glee episodes are known to take on tough topics. Domestic violence. Teen suicide. Bullying.

The writers and producers have experience with controversy, and they seem to have readied themselves for what was to come. This was not a slam bam thank you ma'am treatment of school shootings.

The episode began with some Brittany silliness, but the ordinariness of what was going on in the choir room when shots rang out in the halls of McKinley High drove home just how serious this was. It could happen to anyone, anywhere, just like that.

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Matthew Morrison and Dot Jones treated their roles as teachers charged with protecting their students from what they thought was a shooter on the loose inside their school with the appropriate gravitas. And the way the kids broke down, desperately texting, recording last messages for their families, tugged at the right heart strings.

And yet, even with all they did right, it was hard not to notice what was wrong about tonight's Glee episode.

The timing.

The "only on a TV show" aftermath -- wherein students were allowed back into the building while police were still searching for the gun used in the shooting.

The fact that the reason Becky Jackson brought a gun to school and accidentally shot it off in Coach Sylvester's office was never fully explained. Sue's decision to take responsibility for Becky's mistake got the full focus, but the message of the various reasons a kid might bring a gun to school was lost.

The timing.

This was certainly a risk for Glee. The question is: was it a smart one?

Did you feel the school shooting theme was appropriate?


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zmont... zmontague

It's never too early.  It's better than being too late..

Steph Steph Schgier

It was absolutely horrible the way they addressed school shootings. Were I a family member of any shooting victim, I'd be super pissed.

Chad Moores

There was no warning! I mean i know you wanted to have it that way but it was supper inapropriate. I feel horrible for anyone who relived a day like this. I am so happy my father was asleep on the couch because he lost a daughter and for him to see that in his own house would have thrown him into a full out panick attack. My father is very sensative and is also very sick. That would have been great. I love the show but wow what a horrible choice. Not saying you could not do the subject but it was done wrong.

lobus lobus

Worst episode ever. He did the same thing with American horror story but atleast I was prepared to feel suspense and anxiety I don't watch Glee for that. Stupid decision.

nonmember avatar Rabbit

It's a rough road to hoe. Yes, it was early for those touched by the school shooting but too late for those on the receiving end of the Texas stabbing. It's such a double edged sword. They could have handled it better by consulting with actual police task teams who would provide clear points on the handling of such a situation and how to dramatize it for television.

Alexandria Celeste Sanchez

There WAS warning at the beginning of the episode that said it was going to deal with School Violence and Parental Discretion was recommended. If watchers paid attention, then they would have heard that Becky was afraid of leaving the school and what the future held for her. She didn't bring the gun to school in attempts to hurt anyone there. She was scared and wanted to feel 'safe' and made a poor decision. They addressed the emotional aspects of an event like this appropriately because they showed it from the perspectives of students. They showed what truly brave teachers do to keep their students safe, as well as the fear and utter confusion students face during something like this happening. While some of the scenes may not have been accurate like students being allowed in school as police are searching it, this is a TV SHOW. Real life happens fast and without conferring or warning those who have to deal with the consequences. If we always waited for the 'right' time to address things we would NEVER address them. The time is ALWAYS now because you just never know if there's going to be a later. This episode shows how life can change in an INSTANT. Are issues like this hard to deal with? Of course. Do they need to be discussed with the youth of today? YES. If we coddle our young and our teens too much and for too long we set them up to fail when it comes to deal with the reality and uncertainty of life.

Barbara White

No it was not too soon and the sooner parents wake up to the fact that there is NEVER a warning and that no school is ever SAFE. The sooner they will do what is necessary to keep their kids safe.  Glee did an awesome job

Craft... CraftyJenna

American Horror story, Numbers and Law and Order SUV have already done it. Only way more emotianally and graffic. This is not a new concept for TV. 

Serab... Serabelle

One tree hill did it years ago as well... That show people actually died

nonmember avatar KC

It's not about too soon or what not, but mostly if they did a good job of expressing the story. I'm not sure if they succeeded there. And AHS, Numbers and Law and Order are not billed as a comedy. Sometimes i think Glee tries to tackle too many issues and then still sing and dance and i don't think they can execute it well enough

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