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Be There: Students remember September 11th

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Everyone seems to know exactly where they were and what they were doing on September 11th 2001, but what about kids who were barely old enough to understand what that day meant? News Leader Nine sat down with some high school students to hear their stories about that tragic day.

The students who are seniors in high school today were only in the first or second grade when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York. They tell us at the time they didn't realize the magnitude of that event, but today they have learned the importance of 9/11.

High school history teacher Lisa Cheatham was sitting in this same classroom on September 11th 2001 when she got news that planes had crashed into the World Trade Center, "A teacher came to the door and I remember it plain as day, said you need to turn on the TV, something big is happening in New York. We stopped the lesson, and turned on the news and after that the kids were stone silent."

Natasha Sinclair was in the first grade at a school in New Jersey when her principal told the school the tragic news, "Students at my school had parents who were fire fighters and were killed or hurt during that event so it was a very tragic and sad day for a lot of people."

Some students, like Kendrick High School senior Beion Williams, couldn't comprehend exactly what had happened to our country, "I really didn't understand it at first because I was young, but as I grew, I began understanding and learning about everything that happened, like who caused it and there were lots of people who lost their lives that day."

The 9/11 tragedy mirrors what happened to the United States on December 7th, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in that it will be a day etched in our minds and textbooks.

Cheatham told News Leader Nine, "Before, when I had to teach it I didn't really have to do a lot to teach it because they remembered it. Now I have to get out the videos and talk about what it was, do background on Al Qaida and talk about what is terrorism."

But students, like Moray Middleton, say they won't let their children forget what America lost that day, "That happened in New York City to the World Trade Center. People will remember that forever. That is something that will always be remembered."

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