Student to Student
Over and over again it played: the little airplane zoomed around and the footage slowed as it crashed through the towering building; a symbol of an attack on American success and culture.
Five years later, Americans nationwide still think of the fateful events of 9/11/01. Across the U.S., people feel affected by the terrorist attacks in varying degrees.
Young students were scared and confused as to what was going on. "Back when it happened, we were all so young," remembers Alexis Sumsion, a Park City High School senior, who was in seventh grade at the time.
Most kids understood that "something big was going to happen to our country." Sumsion adds that, "I was really scared."
Everyone wandered to and from their classes that day, passing quietly between English and Pre-Algebra, observing televisions which were tuned to the breaking news in every classroom. Dazed, we witnessed history unfold before our eyes.
Soon, we noticed the immense increase of American flags on display in the windows of our country’s patriots. But very few young people really felt the full effect of what had happened.
Mostly, we gathered information and opinions from the second-hand sources. "I always try to respect in class different views, and I think it’s a very complex issue anyway," says social studies teacher James Fleming, who has facilitated many classroom discussions on the topic of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Looking back, now that we are older, we think more deeply on the subject than we did five years ago. High school senior Kylie Malcom says that in our grieving and fearful reaction we, "did a lot of things that, had we been in a more rational mindset, we probably wouldn’t have done." this remark, Malcom refers to declaring war on the concept of terrorism, to drawing desperate, hasty conclusions, and to discriminating against people of Middle Eastern descent.
These issues continue in our current war and influenced views. "September 11th . . . really effects how the world thinks," says Malcom.
However, as much as the event has made a difference in our lives, we can remember our national unity and patriotic pride, but it’s not constructive to dwell on the fear and hate. High school senior Kevin Walsh says, "We have to keep living our lives as we are; we can’t sit here and be afraid."
The silver lining of this tragic assault on the U.S. is that it can actually bring about good by drawing us together and making us a stronger nation.
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