Keep Calm London, and Carry On


Valerie Arevalos, Arts and Entertainment Editor

London suffered from a terrorist attack just this past Wednesday, Mar. 29th in the central area of London, Westminster.

Khalid Masood, 52, born Adrian Russell Ajao “spent years moving around the country- and the prison system-with a host of different identities,” stated The Telegraph.

Some of the victims of the victims included American tourists, Kurt and Melissa Cochran, as Masood drove up the footpath of the Westminster Bridge and “about 40 others were wounded,” stated the New York Times.

Quickly after crashing against a Hyundai SUV into the railings of the Parliament Yard and bursting open the gate to the Palace of Westminster, Masood stabbed unarmed Police Constable Keith Palmer, 48, to death. Moments later, Masood himself was shot and killed by officer Sir Michael Fallon.

Ms. Julie Damschen, the psychology and history teacher at Helix had flown out of London and was on her way back to LAX on the day of the attack.

Ms. Damschen made a connection between the commonly used phrase, “Keep Calm and Carry On,” commenting that Britain, like the United States, “can’t imagine people bombing [or attacking] our cities or our country and whenever something does happen we tend to get very concerned (and rightly  so). But we might implement a whole lot of things to make people safer but maybe take away some of their freedoms.”

Despite the tragedy of that day, the precautions and investigations that were held after the attack, Britain maintained a calm and collected response.

“I think in Great Britain and in London especially, people said ‘we’re not going to let terrorist activities stop our day-to-day life, we’re not gonna live in fear’, so that idea, keep calm and carry on…if we live our life in fear then each of these activities will chipping away at our freedoms,” she added.

Damschen believes that fear is what makes terrorism attacks so powerful and that if we could “still go to the store, go through [our] day-to-day lives perhaps that’s showing that terrorism doesn’t have the effect that it’s hoping for and maybe it takes away some of that power and fear.”

Damschen’s words hold truth, for according to the Telegraph, the Prime Minister of the U.K., Theresa May stated on the day following the attack, “We will never waver in the face of terrorism.”