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Class of 2011 reflects on September 11th and Bin Laden's death


It was almost ten years ago that bin Laden's group attacked the World Trade Center in New York City. Ten years later, members of the class of 2011 are reflecting on the history they've witnessed. They were third graders in September 2001. Now they're calling Sunday's killing of Bin Laden a moment in history they say they'll never forget.

For most high school seniors, the best part of their final days of high school is reflecting on this chapter in life.

"I remember my mom was braiding my hair that morning before I was going to school," Chelsea Myer said.

But this week, seniors in AP Government at Wahlert High School have been reflecting about the last ten years, specifically September 11th, 2001. .

"The bus driver whispered to my teacher that the plane had hit a tower. And that's when I first knew," Alex Schmidt said.

"It just went in one ear and out the other and I wasn't really concerned about it until I got back to school," Joe Hermann said. "Our teacher just sat us down and said 'some bad people did some bad things today.'

"We were watching it on TV and we saw the second plane hit," Zach Osterholz said.

Those bad people were allies of Osama Bin Laden. And the bad thing was a terrorist strike on the United States.

"It's obviously been a topic that they come across in social studies a lot. It's their generations pearl harbor," Social Studies Teacher Will Spencer said.

This week Spencer is prepping students for their big advanced placement test. But he' also taken time to talk with students about the impact of Bin Laden's death.

"We talked about how it was closing that chapter. We set out to capture that person and accomplished that goal but what does that mean in the greater context of all the other conflicts that are going on," Spencer said.

Now as they wrap up the last chapter of high school, they share a memory of a chapter in history that's finally come to a close.

"For the families to know that the person who did this to them, justice was served in some way," Schmidt said

Spencer was teaching AP Government on September 11th, 2001. He was in Florida at the time, but says over the last ten years he's enjoyed hearing from students about where they were that day.

Everyone admitted to hearing the news of Bin Laden's death via social media like Facebook and Twitter. They say that led them to turn on the TV to hear it from the President himself.

An entire generation of children have grown up since the events of September 11th. The kids who graduated high school in 2001 are now almost 28. The children born that year are now approaching 10.

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