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Middle School Students Remember 9/11

Most of us remember where we were and what we were doing the day of September 11, but what if you were too young to really understand? In one East Texas classroom that day is being studied--history, as part of our lives.

On September 11, 2001 Judson Middle School eighth-graders were mostly 8 years-old, in the third grade.

"I wasn't really getting why people were trying to do something like that...we weren't really saying much, we sat there and watched," says Emily Todd.

And today--they sat and watched it again, now almost in high school. 

"I remember it perfectly...it kind of brings back those same feelings that we felt on that day," says  Casey Harper.

That's exactly what history teacher Stephanie Crump hoped today's lesson would do. "9/11 gives us the opportunity of something that's not in the textbook.  It's something that these kids are feeling and they went through and it's part of history that they can be a part of," Stephanie says.

Students also wrote a letter to remember how they felt. "I'm going to be able to tell my kids what happened and what wasn't in those textbooks and the feelings and the fear and what everybody was going through," Casey says. 

And to remember the tragedy... "Even though we're so far away it's still, it's changed everybody's lives...all the things that those people did and risked their lives to help other people we can't, you know we have to remember it," Casey says.

It's a living history lesson they will take with them for the rest of their lives.  Stephanie Crump says the 9-11 history lesson continues for the rest of the week. Tomorrow Judson Middle School students will learn about rescue efforts after the attacks.

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com.

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