REMEMBERING 9/11: The Kids Of The Iconic Florida Classroom...10 Years Later
We can all remember where were were on September 11, 2001. But what about the kids who were in that classroom in the now iconic pictures from the moment then President Bush was given the news about the Twin Towers?
We found this report and thought it was an interesting peek into the minds of children dealing with traumatic events. The students from that classroom, many of the African American community, are now high school students, And they are opening up about their memories of that day and what happened after. Read their interesting perspectives inside.....
It's a day most people will never forget. And this Sunday will be the 10 year anniversary of the biggest change in history of one of the most powerful countries in the world.
Former President George W. Bush had just sat down to read a story to the kids at Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida when he was given word that two planes crashed into the World Trade Center.
Mr. Bush says he didn't want to frighten the children, so he remained calm during the crisis. But 10 years later, what do the children remember about that moment and those that came after?
'It was like a blank stare. Like he knew something was going on but he didn't want to make it too bad for us to notice by looking different,' said Lenard Rivers, now a 17-year-old football player at Sarasota High.
Chantal Guerrero, now a 17-year-old senior at Sarasota Military Academy, talked about the possible impact of that moment saying,
'I think we all matured maybe a little bit,' said 'But since we were only seven, I'm not sure what kind of impact it had, because we didn't know how things were before.'
Another teen, Lazaro Dubrocq, now a 17-year-old senior at Sarasota's Riverview High School, said,
'I was too young and naive to fully understand the gravity of the situation. 'As I began to age and mature, it helped me gain a new perspective of the world and it helped me mature faster as I began to understand that there are politics and wars and genocides that occur daily throughout the world. It helped me come to a realisation that the world is not a perfect place.'
Their former teacher, Kay Daniels also shared her memories saying,
'I had 16 little ones sitting in front of me, the media in the back of the classroom, and I had to keep going,' said Ms Daniels, now a reading teacher at a Sarasota middle school.
'Emotionally, (Bush) left us, but he came back. He did come back into the lesson, and he picked up the book and for a moment he stayed with us.'
Where were ou when you found out about the first major attack from foreign terrorists on U.S. soil? How did it affect you?
Re-live the chilling moment with President Bush learned about 9/11 here: