A boy in a man’s world: reflecting on the effects of 9/11

Jack Beetham, editor-in-chief

On Sept. 11, 2001, the terrorist group Al-Quaeda, attacked the United Sates with various hi-jacked commercial airplanes.  Now 10 years later, a teenager’s foggy memory is all a student can look back on while facing the challenges of foreign affairs today.

For many teenagers, all that remains in a web of complex and distant memories is a patchy recognition of the tragic event of 9/11.

“I barely remember it. I was five and what could I have done?” junior Shaun Robinson said.

Students are forced to deal with the changes following the terrorist attack, where they have no say in their own government.

Feeling helpless in a world governed by the older and wiser, students may face drastic consequences of past decisions made out of their control.

“I wish I was older when it happened. I never knew how extreme the repercussions were going to be,” Robinson said.

Since the attacks on 9/11, global travel, economy and relations have changed drastically.

“The United States is different now. I mean, just look at gas prices,” Robinson said.

The sudden event was the most shocking attack on the U.S. and many  Americans did not know what to do. Amongst this chaos children were left with an infinite number of questions

“All I remember was my dad, pacing the room. He was very angry and argumentative” junior Derek Doszkocs said.

The children now know nothing different. Unable to notice a difference, these small children have now grown up over these long 10 years. Their feelings are more matured, along with the many others, but still affected by the terrible event of 9/11.

“I have never experienced anything worse in my life time” junior Jake Norcross said.

Words like these ring loudly in the heads of citizens of the United States.

No one ever expected the attack’s consequences to last as long as it did. 9/11 lasted only a day but no one knew, 10 years later we would still be facing hardships caused by the event. We cannot change what happened and we will always remember: we must remember.

“It is why we live the way we do, and I was never a part of it,” Norcross said.