Seeing events of September 11th through children's eyes

By: Sheli Muniz Email
By: Sheli Muniz Email

News 12 First at Five / Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- When you see the replay of the footage from 9/11, most of us remember where we were as we watched history unfold.

But what about children?

Many kids in middle school weren't even 3 years old. Those in elementary school were not even born. News 12 went into the classrooms today to see just how they see 9/11.

"September 11th is a sad day when over 2,000 people had died," said W.S. Hornsby fifth grader Trinity Holden.

Joshua Harris is an eighth grader at Lakeside Middle School.

"I was 2 or 3 years old. When the planes crashed into the World [Trade] Center," the 13-year-old said.

Fifth grader Nicholas Screene said, "First, it was the North, then it was the South, and they each burned down," he said.

Eighth grader at Lakeside Middle School Hilary Titus said, "Well, my parents told me it was really crazy."

"I was told it was terrorists, terrorism attack," Harris said.

Students spent the 11th anniversary of the attacks piecing together the events of that morning.

Ms. Tudor at Lakeside Middle School told her students, "Had I not seen it, I would have probably not believed it."

Teachers at the middle school used videos.

"You talk about these moments and hope that moments like this don't happen again," said Lakeside Middle History Teacher Tommy Kirk.

Meanwhile at W.S. Hornsby, some fifth grade teachers like Ms. Marina McFadden draw from their own experiences.

"I'm reading to them what happened, but I actually lived it," she said.

For some, these images trigger memories. For students, they raise questions.

"What are hijackers? Why did they do this? Did everybody on the plane die?" McFadden said.

Children learn about the sacrifices, too.

"I think about my dad when he's in Afghanistan," said Bryant Silver, a 12-year-old student at Lakeside Middle School.

He continued, "When the terrorists attacked us, now he's defending us from the terrorists."

Suddenly, history lessons they've been reading about become very real.

To put it in perspective, today's high school seniors were in the first grade that Tuesday morning 11 years ago.

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