Waco: Teaching 9/11

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Students in Bryan Solis' Visual Media class at Rapoport Academy in Waco Monday, watched video of the live reports of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington and the crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa.

The point was to give students who were either too young to remember or not even born an understanding of the significance of the day.

"It's important to make sure that they are aware of what happened and how it shaped the world and how it shaped our perceptions of the world,” Solis said.

Solis said he was on an 8th grade field trip to Washington, D.C. when the chaos began.

He said he and his classmates were heading to the Smithsonian Museum when the teachers got word of what was happening and ushered them back to the hotel.

He said he didn't really understand the magnitude of what was going on, but remembers seeing lots of smoke in the area.

Some educators believe while most of today's students have no memories of the day, 9/11 is important to study because the attacks shaped the world in which they’re living.

"This is something that sadly had become kind of a norm in our society and in our world and how to engage with that in an appropriate and objective way,” Solis said.

One of the students in the class also felt teens her age should not be kept in the dark.

"Now we subject kids to like being like stay in your little bubble and you'll be perfectly fine but I had to learn that the hard way that life is going to throw things at you. It's just I don't really know how to feel when I see a building blow up. I don't know if I feel sad for the people or sad for the event that take place after it."

Solis brought a unique perspective to the class discussion.

He went on to join the United States Marine Corps and was deployed overseas.

He said he also worked with the State Department and has seen firsthand how those attacks altered not just U.S., but the course of world events.