Young School Kids Learn About 9/11 Attacks
While many of us remember exactly where we were, who we were with, and what we were thinking during the 9/11 attacks. Most children in middle school weren’t even born yet at the time of the attacks, and are learning about what happened for the first time. Keyanna Evans, a 7th grader at Gulfport Central Middle School, says, "I was in first or second grade when we heard about it, but I didn’t understand what it means."
Evans and her fellow classmates are learning about the 9/11 terrorist attacks that stunned the nation 13 years ago, just around the time they were born. Coach Morgan Kennedy, an American History teacher at Gulfport Central, says, "We realized that most of these children were born in 2001, so they hadn’t had any prior knowledge or any previous experience with the attacks, so we felt like it was important to introduce that into their knowledge of history."
In class, Coach Kennedy decided to show a short documentary on the attacks to better educate the students, and then asked them to write down how it made them feel. Evans also says, "Watching the video explained more about how the people felt and how much they went through. They were just innocent people. They didn’t deserve to go through that."
Some of the students first heard of the 2001 attacks just this week. Ashanti Slater, another 7th grader at Gulfport Central, says, "I first learned about it like yesterday. I heard about it, but I never knew what the true meaning of it was." Sade Mouton, another 7th grader, says, "It kind of made me feel like it was inappropriate at first, because so many people got killed, but then I realized like how you learn it and it brings a lot of people together."
Coach Kennedy says if there is one thing she wants the students to take away from Thursday’s lesson, it’s not to take anything for granted. Kennedy says, "At the end of the video I said, ‘All these people were going to work that morning, and they never came home.’ So that way it really resonates with them that it’s important not to take anything for granted and to speak to their parents every morning or whoever it is they take care of."
Students from Gulfport served local firefighters dinner Thursday night to remember 9/11 and to show their appreciation.