Yesterday I was witness to a terrifying incident that has been widely publicised in the world's media - in print, on radio, on TV and online. I want you to know that I am safe and doing well. More importantly, I want to let you know that the unfortunate victim of this attack is recovering well in hospital and the alleged attacker has been arrested by police.
Those in the Forest Hill area stay alert. I've just seen a man brandishing a knife claiming he will "kill all Muslims". Police alerted— Richard Etienne (@retienne) December 12, 2016
I chose to speak with the press because I wanted people to know how terrifying an event like this can be for a person carrying on with their normal day. To recall how calm, together and heroic my fellow passengers behaved on a moving train while the alleged attack was occurring. To tell of how much faith it gave me in humanity, in Londoners.
As this part of my interview was not played or retold in any of the media outlets I spoke with, I am writing this today to let you know my feelings, in my own words.
“People are almost always better than their neighbours think they are.”
- George Elliot (Mary Ann Evans) - Middlemarch