Talking About 9/11 With Kids, The Community

Piedmont Interfaith Council Discusses September 11th

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- "Just disbelief."

15 years ago.
"I went out into my neighborhood for a long walk," says Kathy Walker. "I could literally feel the fractured energy."
Walker is part of the Piedmont Interfaith Council.
The group is comprised of people from all kinds of religious backgrounds and it's working hard to put the pieces back together by talking about what happened on that fateful day in September and the aftermath that followed.
"We're able to come together and foster understanding through these types of dialogue," says Michael Robertson, another PIC member.
Dialogue that dispels terror and builds bridges between cultures.
"I think as a nation, we're stronger now than we were 15 years ago," says PIC Chair Akir Khan. "And I think the Interfaith Council is an example of that." 
Then there's another generation -- looking at history from a distance.  Where 9/11 is something they have to learn about, not an experience they lived through.
"I know that terrorist hijacked planes," says 6th grader Christopher Ross. "And they drove them into the two Twin Towers and a whole bunch of people were in there."
"It's still sad to me because all of these people died," he adds. "Why would they want to do something like that?" 
The terror attacks on 9/11 is in the history books at school - making sure the tragedy and sacrifice will never be forgotten.
"It's history now," says 7th grader Tahji McCoy. "We should know what happened." 
And even though there's a lot these kids don't know about what happened 15 years ago, they know they don't want anything like it to happen in our world again.
As 3rd grader Christian Ross puts it:
"It's a pretty beautiful place and we don't want anything to happen to it." 

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