What we can learn from Ingrid Loyau-Kennet's grace under pressure | Anouchka Grose

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 07:30 in Psychology & Sociology

In Woolwich, a seemingly ordinary woman did something extraordinary. Her humanity may well have saved livesAt the scene of Wednesday's killing in Woolwich, Ingrid Loyau-Kennet got off a bus and spoke to the two killers, seemingly concerned only to keep them calm and stop them hurting anybody else. In photographs taken by other witnesses, we see her standing just a few feet away from a man holding a huge knife. Later, in an interview, she said she wasn't scared because the men didn't seem to be drunk or on drugs, but appeared extremely normal. They wanted to speak, so she let them. When her bus started to move off, she asked if there was anything she could do before politely taking leave. She then calmed the people on the bus, some of whom had, understandably, become hysterical.Loyau-Kennet's only formal preparation for this moment seems to have been a course in...

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