What do people want these teenagers to do? Have public breakdowns once a week?
oh my no, what they are meant to be are beacons of total perfection, to not drink, smoke, have tattoo's or listen to loud music, and have gotten high grades and good uni places.
this would offer the express one of the "trimuph over adversity" stories tabloids love so dearly, but have always personally left a bitter taste in my mouth, possibly as they seem to suggest that suffereing a massive psycological trauma should
somehow make you into a happy and successful person.
you should cirtainly never be seen to emerge from something like this as a damaged one, and as this artical has proven, normal isn't anywhere near good enough either.
Yeah, I suspect that they went looking for updates on these kids to find out if any of them were going to study neuroscience at Cambridge or dedicating themselves to charity work so they could do an uplifting fluff piece, and when they found only bog-standard teenage drinking photos, decided to take a somewhat different tack.
One thing that struck me on re-reading it is that it's entirely based on just two of the 16 kids that survived (15 were injured, one escaped unhurt). Either she couldn't find the others, or they didn't have enough juicy stuff on their pages.