By Danielle Mironova ‘18
Ms. Joan Rowe’s True Crimes class visited the 9/11 memorial on March 28, 2017 in New York City. This trip was chosen to educate students on the events that occurred on September 11, 2001. It was a tragic day for many New Yorkers and many lives were taken.
“This class is a true crimes class, and this is a crime that just continues. People are still dying and still suffering till this day. 9/11 and the events that follow are still affecting many people,” said Ms. Rowe.
On 9/11, the twin towers shattered down with people in it. This was due to a terrorist attack. Smoke was recorded all the way from Brooklyn. Policemen, firefighters and innocent people died that day to save others.
The students got a lot from this trip. They were able to see what happened on the scene. Kids also spoke to survivors and heard first hand stories. Some survivors now have cancer from rescuing people after inhaling large amounts of smoke.
Trenell Vialva ‘18 said, “ 9/11 didn’t only affect people on that day, but continues to affect people now emotionally. It’s also sad that a student from Midwood died during the attack.”
On September 12, 2011, one day after the 10th anniversary of the attack, the memorial opened to the public. The location of the memorial is meaningful and attracted a big crowd.
The 9/11 memorial was built next to where the twin towers stood. It was turned into a museum and memorial for all the victims. It has victims names engraved into the stone. The reason they didn’t build it on top of the World Trade Center is because there are some people that we’re never found. They could be deep under where the towers stood.
Around 2,977 people died during the attack. As you can imagine, this had a big impact on the city of New York. Many people believe that this attack had to do with race and religion.
Saud Ahmad ‘18 said, “ I learned how the towers were attacked and how emotional it was. It taught me to be courteous to everyone around me no matter what religion they are.”
The trip was fundamental for the students and educated them with people who were actually there during the attack. It’s very important to know New York’s history first hand from this.
“This trip taught the kids that particular crimes affect people from all different races,” said Ms. Rowe.