High school students today, Kindergartners on Sept.11 - FOX 13 News

High school students today, Kindergartners on Sept.11

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High School students don't remember a lot about September 11th, because many of them were in Kindergarten at the time.

But many of them do recall how they felt on the day of the tragedy, based on the grown-ups around them.

FOX 13 visited a law studies class at Plant High School to see how students were reflecting back on the day.

Many of the students were only in kindergarten on September 11.

"My mom picked me up and she was all flustered. She wasn't crying, but she was teared up, and I remember her hands were shaking and I knew something was wrong," said Senior Grant Preston, whose father was on a plane that had to be grounded on 9-11.

Senior Rudy Akers says his father had been at the World Trade Center just one week before the attacks. Rudy remembers the tension of the school day.

"I remember all of my teachers, not even from just my grade, but every teacher from my school almost in the same room staring at the TV. They were all in shock about it and I had no idea what was going on," Rudy said.

Students in the law studies class watched a video that explained what happened on September 11th, 2001. In the video, they heard accounts from survivors and listened to actual transmissions of flight crews reporting that their planes had been hijacked.

"A few students said it's so much different to hear about something second hand and then to see the faces of the individuals who survived the attack or to hear the voice of an individual who was killed in the attack," said their teacher Tamara Phillips. "I think it just personalizes the lesson for them. I think it's something that they won't forget."

The students discussed how the attacks have directly impacted their lives and what the anniversary means now.

"I'm proud to be an America on September 11th," said Rudy. "It makes me happy to see that we've grown and how much we've already grown from it."

Mrs. Phillips says, as time goes on, and her students don't remember 9-11 at all, teachers will have to work even harder to keep the memory alive.

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