Central High seniors reflect on childhood 9-11 memories

By Erica Shaffer - bio | email

Posted by Lisa Strawbridge - email

TOLEDO (WTOL) - The flag flew at half staff around the country Friday, September 11.

One of those flags is at Central Catholic High School. Inside are children of the 9-11 era learning and still trying to understand what happened eight years ago.

Students in Mr. Nester's AP government class were in fourth grade when the terrorist attacks happened. "The buildings coming down and people bleeding -- running, screaming and crying in the streets. It was very traumatizing, and it was difficult," said student Taylor Sawyer.

Many students in the class raised their hands to share their stories. Although they remember, it was hard take in. "Why did it happen? You know, questions more so than answers were coming to me," said student Nicholas Hoffman.

The teacher also shared his story. It was a much different understanding from the fourth grade memories that spoke before him. "I said, 'Man, that's no accident. It is a clear, bright sunny day. How could this happen?'"

For a teacher during this time, making sense of what is still unknown is difficult and must be handled with care. Nester said, "I don't want to hammer it home, and I definitely want to keep it apolitical. But still, it was a very traumatic event that still has yet to be. We are still defining what happened then."

For these high school seniors, this is a chapter in history books they experienced first hand just as children in the late 1960s and early 70s remember Vietnam, just as children of the 30s and 40s remember World War II.

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