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Parent Appalled by 9/11 Lesson for Fourth Graders

Showing fourth graders graphic images of the 9/11 attacks was inappropriate, says a Lehigh Valley parent

"Teach Your Children Well."

We hope that our educators always have that in mind when they teach our children.

But educators in the Easton Area School District failed regarding how some children were taught about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America.

Yes, everyone in our country needs to know -- and never forget -- the brutal attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans, destroyed the World Trade Center towers in New York City and brought our country to its knees.

Sept. 11 will always be a day on which we should mourn the loss of life and remember the devastation that shook America to its core.

But do children who are 9 or 10 years old need to watch the horrific highlights of the attack: the smoldering towers, airplanes crashing into them and people jumping to their deaths?

That's what some children watched on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 in their classroom.

And that was a major mistake. Showing those images to children - as was done in a fourth-grade class in Shawnee Elementary School - was inexcusable.

And it was inappropriate.

Do you agree? Tell us in the comments section below.

There's no need for children to see that suffering at such a young age.

And not only did they have to watch it; the students then had to write about what they saw and what it meant.

I saw what my son brought home. We were not pleased, even though he handled it well. We have explained the Sept. 11 attacks to him in a way we deemed appropriate.

But other children did not handle the lesson and its disturbing images so well. They cried in class and they had nightmares at home.

Many parents are upset about what happened but they are afraid to complain.

Sure, honoring heroes -- like firefighters, police officers and soldiers -- who rescue people and save lives is the right thing to do. Taking a moment of silence to remember those who died is the right thing to do.

Showing graphic video to a bunch of youngsters without parental consent is beyond comprehension. 

The Easton Area School District and leaders of Shawnee Elementary School owe students and parents an apology.

And they also owe us a promise: that they will teach our children well. And that they will never make a mistake like this again.

The Truth September 19, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Here's the truth: This journal article was written by a journalist who DIDNT do his research and made many assumptions. I always have been a believer that VALIDITY is as important as what you write There was no contact with the teacher or principal. The video shows no, NO, NO graphic images of the horror from that day. It was created for children. Here is the video and description, so everyone knows the TRUTH. "Remembering September 11th: Holidays for Children" Teachers will welcome a program that carefully addresses the delicate issues raised by the terrorist strikes on September, 11, 2001. The program answers some of the questions of what terrorism is and why the United States was a target. It also heavily focuses on the positive acts that occurred in the days and weeks that followed 9/11/01, including the many heroic acts of bravery that so beautifully depict the American spirit, the revitalized sense of patriotism in the United States, and the increased safety measures intended to protect our nation’s airports and airplanes. The program, designed by a team of child development and educational professionals, including a child psychologist, addresses the emotional reactions that children are likely to have. 23 minutes. Closed-captioned.
The Truth September 19, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Here's the truth: This journal article was written by a journalist who DIDNT do his research and made many assumptions. I always have been a believer that VALIDITY is as important as what you write There was no contact with the teacher or principal. The video shows no, NO, NO graphic images of the horror from that day. It was created for children. Here is the video and description, so everyone knows the TRUTH. "Remembering September 11th: Holidays for Children" Teachers will welcome a program that carefully addresses the delicate issues raised by the terrorist strikes on September, 11, 2001. The program answers some of the questions of what terrorism is and why the United States was a target. It also heavily focuses on the positive acts that occurred in the days and weeks that followed 9/11/01, including the many heroic acts of bravery that so beautifully depict the American spirit, the revitalized sense of patriotism in the United States, and the increased safety measures intended to protect our nation’s airports and airplanes. The program, designed by a team of child development and educational professionals, including a child psychologist, addresses the emotional reactions that children are likely to have. 23 minutes. Closed-captioned.
The Truth September 19, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Here's the truth: This journal article was written by a journalist who DIDNT do his research and made many assumptions. I always have been a believer that VALIDITY is as important as what you write There was no contact with the teacher or principal. The video shows no, NO, NO graphic images of the horror from that day. It was created for children. Here is the video and description, so everyone knows the TRUTH. "Remembering September 11th: Holidays for Children" Teachers will welcome a program that carefully addresses the delicate issues raised by the terrorist strikes on September, 11, 2001. The program answers some of the questions of what terrorism is and why the United States was a target. It also heavily focuses on the positive acts that occurred in the days and weeks that followed 9/11/01, including the many heroic acts of bravery that so beautifully depict the American spirit, the revitalized sense of patriotism in the United States, and the increased safety measures intended to protect our nation’s airports and airplanes. The program, designed by a team of child development and educational professionals, including a child psychologist, addresses the emotional reactions that children are likely to have. 23 minutes. Closed-captioned.
The Truth September 19, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Here's the truth: This journal article was written by a journalist who DIDNT do his research and made many assumptions. I always have been a believer that VALIDITY is as important as what you write There was no contact with the teacher or principal. The video shows no, NO, NO graphic images of the horror from that day. It was created for children. Here is the video and description, so everyone knows the TRUTH. "Remembering September 11th: Holidays for Children" Teachers will welcome a program that carefully addresses the delicate issues raised by the terrorist strikes on September, 11, 2001. The program answers some of the questions of what terrorism is and why the United States was a target. It also heavily focuses on the positive acts that occurred in the days and weeks that followed 9/11/01, including the many heroic acts of bravery that so beautifully depict the American spirit, the revitalized sense of patriotism in the United States, and the increased safety measures intended to protect our nation’s airports and airplanes. The program, designed by a team of child development and educational professionals, including a child psychologist, addresses the emotional reactions that children are likely to have. 23 minutes. Closed-captioned.
Gayle Aquino September 19, 2012 at 10:17 PM
It's a shame that a person can't voice their opinion without someone making it a personal attack. My personal opinion on whether or not I feel it's appropriate for my 11 year old children to see the faces of the people who jumped has nothing to do with 'growing up'. It has everything to do with whether or not I, as a parent, feel it's appropriate. I don't shield my children from negative things or from stories about 9/11 but I do feel that it is my responsibility to not expose them to the sound of bodies hitting the ground. My children are not in the Easton SD so I was only speaking on what occurred in our district & simply voicing my opinion that a letter should be sent home IF graphic pictures were to be shown. Thank you to The Truth for pointing out that it was a program created for children. I'm glad that there is something out there that explains it for children. As to the comment that we are disrespecting the people who died, I beg to differ. I don't recall anyone saying that the event should be sugar coated. I'm saying that as a parent I don't want my children to see people dying. Children lose their innocence at such a young age. When I taught full time I had students whose parents pimped them out at the age of 7 for drugs, I had a student who was blinded as a result of a drive by shooting & I had students who sat next to their parents as they OD'd on drugs. Please don't judge me or anyone else if we choose to keep our children innocent for a little bit longer.

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