by Lee Benson
The 12th anniversary of 9/11 passed like a normal day for McClymonds students: no teacher mentioned it; lunch was hamburger and fries; most kids didn’t even remember it.
Yes, 9/11 was a horrible day for the United States. It started off as any other day, however at around 8:45am EST September 11, 2001 there were reports that terrorists had hijacked a commercial aircraft full of people. But most Mack students were still in diapers.
I interviewed several students at McClymonds High to see how they felt about 9/11. Virtually no-one at school remembers this day as a day that will live in infamy from then on to this point and forevermore… instead just as a typical day. “I had just got picked up from school and went to my babysitter’s house and watched it happen,” said Brandon Martin, Mack’s back-up varsity quarterback. “None of my teachers mentioned the fact that today was the anniversary of the attack.”
Although the memories aren’t clear, most students remember the event. Jacob Miles, a senior, recalls,”I was still in elementary school in the counselor’s office when it happened and they were all talking about it.”
For some, it was a shocker. Deshawn Nelson, also a senior, says,” I was at Martin Luther King Elementary School and I was playing basketball. I was shocked that none of my teachers told us that it was 9/11 today, not even a history teacher.”
“I was asleep when the attack happened, I was still a little kid,” recalls Kendall Page, a senior. “But today, my teachers didn’t tell me it was 9/11, they just showed us the date on the board like every other day.”
Taivion Foster also hardly noticed. “I was playing my Xbox and I didn’t really know what was going on, and my teachers didn’t tell me that it was 9/11 today,” he said.
Lavon Washington said, ” He didn’t remember anything because he was too little and his teachers didn’t mention that it was 9/11 today.”
In my opinion, I feel like nobody remembered about today because there is way too much violence out here in Oakland to be thinking about tragic events that occurred over a decade ago on the East Coast. We all try to survive each and every day.