Young students learn about the 9/11 attacks on the anniversary

Young students learn about the 9/11 attacks on the anniversary

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One by one, students at the L&N Stem Academy spoke about the major events of 9/11 at a special program Wednesday, many of whom don't remember the day. One by one, students at the L&N Stem Academy spoke about the major events of 9/11 at a special program Wednesday, many of whom don't remember the day.
"I was 3 years old," said Lane Cook. "I was 3 years old," said Lane Cook.
"They teach us why it happened, things like that, and what happened afterwards," said Hayden Cooper. "They teach us why it happened, things like that, and what happened afterwards," said Hayden Cooper.
"Three years from now I will have students in my classroom that will not have been alive when this event has occurred," said Social Studies teacher Erika Griggs. "Three years from now I will have students in my classroom that will not have been alive when this event has occurred," said Social Studies teacher Erika Griggs.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The anniversary of the 9/11 attacks was at the center of many people's minds Wednesday, but many youngsters were too small to remember the tragic day at all.

One by one, students at the L&N Stem Academy spoke about the major events of 9/11 at a special program Wednesday, many of whom don't remember the day.

"I was 3 years old," said Lane Cook.
 
"I was 4 or 5," said K. T. Belser.

"I remember seeing on the TVs," said Hayden Cooper.

Teaching these students about what happened on 9/11 can be difficult.

"It becomes a questioning, letting the kids question and answering those questions in the best way we can," explained teacher Kathy Coley.

Along with answering questions, teachers also find ways to apply 9/11 to the students' lives.

"We look at all different facets of the event. We look how the airline industry has changed. We compare this day to the attacks of pearl harbor in 1941," said Social Studies teacher Erika Griggs.

All of the teachers 6 News spoke with say it's important for the students to continue to learn about 9/11 at school, but it's also important for them to learn about 9/11 at home.

"I think [we should] field any questions they have and try to answer those as honestly, most of it for younger kids is what happened without getting into a little bit of detail," said Coley.

The students 6 News spoke with say they feel their teachers do a good job in sharing with them about what happened on 9/11.

"They teach us why it happened, things like that, and what happened afterwards," said Hayden Cooper.

Educators say 9/11 is something that should always be taught in schools.

"Three years from now I will have students in my classroom that will not have been alive when this event has occurred," said Griggs.

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