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Sep 11, 2013 7:18 PM by Chris Welty

Students Reflect on 9-11 Twelve Years Later

The painful memories of 9-11 are still fresh in the minds of many Americans, but some of the youngest in our country are just learning about the terrorist attacks more than a decade ago.

For some Acadiana students, 9-11 is just a history lesson. This year's high school seniors were in kindergarten when terrorists struck twelve years ago. Many say they remember the attacks happening, but they did not understand the significance.

"I think it isn't as personal to us because we don't know what the World Trade Center was like. The first thing we heard about them was they were hit. To us, we have no good memories of it because we only know what happened after," said Lafayette High Senior Kelsi Wicker.

Faiz Alam is also a senior and says, "I don't think we as seniors have seen the transition as much because it was our first year of school. We were put into this new society where there was more security."

In 2009, Lafayette High erected a memorial honoring those who served and those serving our country. It's a constant reminder of that day and how it affected everyone differently.

"I remember it being multiple days being very somber in the classroom as I tried to explain the situation," said LHS history teacher Rodolfo Espinoza.

He spends more time each year on the difference between Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as explaining Islam.

"They do seem more confused. Things start to meld together. Iraq, Afghanistan, Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden," said Espinoza.

He wants students to know the relationship between the United States and the Middle East, and why 9-11 is still significant.

Chris Welty
cwelty@katctv.com

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