9/11 From A Child’s Point Of View [VIDEO]
Tracy Writz recently sat down with some 4th and 5th graders from a local Elementary school. Here, she discusses what the kids knew and wanted to know about what happened 10 years ago on the day that goes down in history as “9/11″.
For some of us, it’s hard to believe ten years has passed since that fateful September day. Saying the words “nine eleven” conjures up images and emotions that were actually experienced by many of us on that day. But for a portion of the population, 9/11 is actually a history lesson for them.
I visited with fourth and fifth graders at North Crowley Elementary. Of course, these children were either infants or not even born when the planes hit the World Trade Center towers or the Pentagon. Most of them knew what 9/11 meant and who Osama Bin Laden was. They talked about 9/11in much the same way that I would talk about D-Day.
And then something else happened. They started asking questions… lots of questions. What was in the towers? Where did the planes actually hit? Did everybody die? Did anybody survive? They had told me previously that 9/11 happened because “some people” or “the terrorists” wanted to “take away our freedom.” But I’m not sure they understood what that meant because I got asked the same question (or a version of it) several times. Why did they do that to us? Why would someone hate us so much? I had no really good answer for them. I realized, as did the other adults in the room, a few lessons we needed to remember to teach children who were not “there” when our country was attacked.
First, it’s important to share those feelings. We were scared. Really, truly scared. We were wounded. Not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually. And we pulled together and rallied. That was amazing. Second, and maybe most importantly, you don’t have to like everybody. But you can’t hurt someone just because you don’t like them. There’s enough room on the planet for all of us to live together and be tolerant of one another, whether it’s on the globe, in the country, in the state or in your neighborhood.