Osama bin Laden reappears from students’ childhoods

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Osama bin Laden

May 6, 2011 • Eric Otten, Senior Turret staff writer  
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Normally, when I hear on the T.V. that someone dies, I feel a little bit sad for that person and their family. I may not have known them in any way but I still feel for them. I had an opposite reaction when I heard the news about Osama Bin Laden.

A wave of relief and pride rose over me.

The first time I heard this man’s name was in third grade. I knew little about him, only that he was a terrible person and did something horrible to our country. I remember watching TV after school and seeing the images of 9/11 and being angry and upset. I wanted to do something about it but I couldn’t because I was just in grade school.

It is hard to believe that now the man who caused so many families so much pain nearly ten years ago finally got what he deserved.

Others seemed to have similar responses.

“I felt a strong sense of national pride and relief. I thought about all of the families who lost loved  on 9/11 and I hope that this will offer some sense of closure. This just proves that there is nothing our country isn’t capable of,” senior Blake Wayman said. 

The third graders back in 2001 are now 17 and 18 years old. We are going out into the real world and are going to make a difference. We have seen the country in its highs and lows and know what we have to do to keep this country great.

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