I Feel Denied

Date Submitted: 07/21/2009
Author Info: Marc (Philadelphia, PA - USA) 
Occupation: Student
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

I was in 7th grade on the day of 9/11 in a suburb of Philadelphia, approximately a 2 hour drive from New York. Believe it or not, I went through the entire day with absolutely zero knowledge what had happened only 2 hours away! To this day, I feel extremely denied and angered that I was not informed of this momentous, albeit tragic event. After school ended at 2:45 PM (relatively long after things had happened), an 8th grader told me his class had been watching and told me how planes had hit NY and DC and then began to tell me how the buildings fell and lots of people were dead. Imagine hearing this from a middle school kid all at once–I didn’t believe a word of it at first until I got home and could flip on the TV. The school district contends that it was afraid students had a parent working at the WTC and wouldn’t want their child spending the entire day worrying or worse, find out that way that their parent had been killed. I horribly disagree, and feel that a grave injustice (obviously not remotely close to the injustices that happened in NY, DC, and Shanksville) was done to not inform us at the age of 13.


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