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Postville student draws May 12th

By Lauren Squires

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- For months we've heard about the impact of Agriprocessors immigration raid. It's left workers without jobs, churches without resources and business without people to serve.

It's been eight months since May's immigration raid but since May 12th people have had a hard time putting into words the impact the raid has had on the town.

But for one student at Postville Community Schools. He didn't need words to describe May 12th.

"I was at school. It was 3rd hour when I saw helicopters coming. I called my mom to ask her and she told me there was a raid at agri," said Postville student William Tog.

Eighteen your old Tog will never forget May 12th, 2008.

"It's something a lot of people can remember for the rest of their life," said Tog.

He and so many others lives changed forever that day. And so did the population of Postville schools.

"The day of the raid it took out half of the population in my building here. I had 120 kids missing the next day," said Chad Wahls, Postville Elementary School Principal.

But it was that day that inspired Tog draw this.

"I did it to be remembered because it was important. A lot of people was taken," said Tog.

It's his depiction of the day of the raid. Tog's sister was in the plant at the time.

"I drew this people of the reactions of the people," said Tog.

He remembers his mom crying, children watching through fences, and lines of people outside Agriprocessors.

"These guys right here are how they were taken out," said Tog.

Now everyone will remember May 12th, every time they see his picture.

"It sorta brings out some of the realness of what these kids will remember the rest of their lives," said Wahls.

All in a picture, that really is worth a thousand words.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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