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9/11/07

How 9/11 Is Being Taught in Lubbock Schools

When it comes to 9/11, our teachers have the difficult task of explaining exactly what happened on this day six years ago.

Most schools in this area don't even have history books that include the story of 9/11, but high school students NewsChannel 11 spoke with Tuesday say a book is not needed because six years later the image of the two towers falling still remains clear in their minds.

"I was in the fifth grade in my reading class," says Amanda Kitten, a junior at Cooper High School.

"One of the reading teachers said to turn on the TV, and it was the Twin Towers up in smoke," says Alexandra Nanny, a junior at Cooper High School.

"We didn't understand everything. We were a little confused. We remember seeing debris everywhere and people going crazy," says Anna Akbar-ali, a junior at Cooper High School.

Six years later, the events of that day are sparking an interesting discussion in Debby Tabor's leadership class.

These students say there was a certain way of life before September 11, 2001 - a time they believe America will never return to.

"I didn't really think about safety before that, but after that I guess, it was just there in my mind that something could happen," Kitten said.

"It's changed my life a lot by just realizing safety-wise and remembering how important life is, and that you should tell somebody you love, you love them everyday because you never know what's going to happen," Nanny said.

But across town, September 11 is just another school day at Whiteside Elementary.

"One of the things we try to foster is a sense of normalcy and security. It's really important that young minds feel safe and secure at school," says Chris Brown, the principal at Whiteside Elementary.

Most of the students there are to young to remember, some weren't even born a reason why no images are shown and no special lessons are taught, but teachers like Maria Low are prepared should questions arise.

"I have a book called "The Day After: September 12", and we can sit down and discuss that. That everything is ok and back to normal," Low said.

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