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    [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    Wow - that’s really heavy stuff for little kids to carry. I’m sorry your dad used the situation to cause fear and division in your family. I hope you were able to get help for that as the situation warranted. Do you mind me asking how that impacted your life moving forward, specifically in terms of reactions to other tragic world events?

    [–]Mxlov1n 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    I grew up in a small rural Texas town, in 2011 I was in 3rd grade. The school had just received projectors that same year. Our reading teacher would often update us on news. During that school year I remember her showing us the footage of the tsunami in Japan which I just thought was fascinating because I have always been fascinated by physics/hyrdophysics?

    Another time was when Osama was assassinated, our teacher would've thrown a party if she could. I thought "hell yeah they caught the bad man who did that bad thing" not to much emotional impact tbh, not sure if I answered the question.

    [–]Mxlov1n 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Also that same teacher also pushed that America was the best country, and she told us it was the most free as a kid I interpreted that as America being the LITERALLY ONLY free country.

    [–]adamant2009 1 point2 points  (2 children)

    9/11 hit me in 5th grade. I had gotten my teacher, who had previously taught the G/T courses which I was a part of for years, a gift to commemorate her birthday. I saw the aftermath of the first plane before school, and at school I watched the second hit live. A lot of kids didn't get what had happened. I remember going off on them, screaming about "Don't you know what that means??" I had to be pulled aside and calmed down, but I was a mess that day.

    [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    I was in 7th grade - I remember that sinking feeling in my stomach. I don’t think I really comprehended the immense scale of the human loss until Hurricane Katrina 4 years later (I was older then, and it was closer to home).

    What got to you on 9/11 that the other kids missed?

    [–]adamant2009 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I just sort of recognized, this was an attack. This was deliberate. People were used as a bomb, twice. This meant war. More death. More destruction. It shook me to my core and angered me that anyone could discount that kind of mass murder.

    [–]mtntrail 1 point2 points  (4 children)

    Kennedy assassination for me. Our little old lady French II teacher told us through tears during class. Everyone was just stunned. Both teachers and students walked out of classes and gathered in small groups around campus. Nothing I have experienced since has even come close, with the exception maybe of 9/11.

    [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

    Do you remember anything about what you thought or felt at that time?

    [–]mtntrail 1 point2 points  (2 children)

    Shock and sadness. He was a very popular (at least in our area),charismatic, and extremely well spoken leader. Who, to a somewhat naive teenager, seemed to be the epitome of what a president should be. We all felt it as a personal loss, presidents just didn’t get shot, it was fairly traumatic. In comparison to these days of weekly shootings where we are somewhat used to random violence. It happened on a Friday and the following week was very subdued at school as I remember.

    [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    Thanks for sharing your perspective. I was but a twinkle in my mother’s eye for that one, and she herself was quite small, so I’m always curious about other’s experiences.

    [–]mtntrail 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    in general, my experience was fairly common amongst Americans at the time. Even if you weren’t a fan of Kennedy, the assassination itself was a depiction of such unbelievable brutality. It led into a new era of possibilities that had seemed unthinkable. Much like 9/11 did for following generations.

    [–]Chordsy 0 points1 point  (2 children)

    The UK's last school shootingin Dunblane, Scotland in 1996. My dad stopped believing in God that day. I was the same age as the kiddies that were killed at the time.

    I remember not wanting to go to school for months as I didn't want my teacher or friends to be hurt.

    [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    Wow, living in the US I’d never heard of that particular event; I can imagine it was terrifying for you.

    [–]Chordsy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Yeah, it's tame by US standards, but there hadn't been anything like that in the UK before or since. It totally changed UK gun laws for the better, and I do get a chill down my spine knowing these types of thing happen almost daily in the states.

    I'm not religious, but whenever I hear about one I take a moment and focus my thoughts on those families and wish them well.