Students share reactions to Bin Laden death

Nick LaBounty, Staff Writer

Osama Bin Laden, leader of the al-Queda terrorist group, was killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011. United States Navy SEALs and the CIA were responsible for the capture and killing of Bin Laden.

Bin Laden was discovered in a three-story mansion in Abbottabad, Pakistan, only a few hundred yards from the Pakistan Military Academy. The SEALs stormed the mansion by helicopter and engaged in a fire fight with Bin Laden and those with him. Fortunately, no U.S. forces experienced injuries or casualties in the assault.

President George W. Bush gave his stance on the situation.

“This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001,” President Bush said.

To ensure that his burial site would not become a shrine,  Bin Laden’s body was buried in the North Arabian Sea.

Carlsbad High students expressed very varied responses when questioned about Bin Laden’s death.

“I think his followers will try to get some sort of revenge. The United States needs to be on the lookout,” Sophomore JJ Flores said.

More students are afraid al-Queda will retaliate for the killing of their leader.

“I think it’s really good we got him after everything he did, but all of the news coverage with people chanting ‘U.S.A.’ could have serious repercussions. When they see us celebrating the death of one of their people, they’ll be upset,” Senior Jessica Farley said.

Another student took a more optimistic view to the situation.

“I’m glad that he’s dead. Now our troops can come back and be safe since they accomplished their mission,” Sophomore Tito Cruz said.

Across the U.S., most notably outside the White House and in New York City’s Times Square, crowds gathered to celebrate Bin Laden’s death.

The U.S. State Department has issued a “Worldwide caution” for all American, putting everyone on high alert.