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TPH remembers 9/11. Do you?


Last year’s co-editor-in-chief, Roy Connors wrote an opinion piece asking us to “Never Forget” to honor September 11. This year, TPH decided to make sure all of us get a chance to remember.

The homecoming float theme chosen before the terrorist attacks was “New York, New York.”

ASB also decided to keep the World Trade Center towers on the float.

“Our Community is a Hate-Free Zone” signs were posted around PHS following the attacks.

Freshman Muslim-American Somayeh Bolourchi lost her great aunt in the aircraft that was flown into the World Trade Center 2, and Bolourchi faced discrimination at PHS.

On Sept. 14, PHS brought in Reverend Bill McNabb of the Piedmont Community Church to speak to students about how to react to the tragedy.

Multiple students had trouble sleeping after the attacks such as junior Henry Slim who said, “Everyday I fear another attack.”

Senior Jean Kostie chose to sell American Flags to raise money for 9/11 victims.  However, the money was stolen from her backpack later that month in the girl’s locker room.

Students were upset with the administration’s decision to bring a reverend to a public school since he referred to “God” multiple times throughout the assembly.

When PHS students were asked, “Do you support the war in Afghanistan?” 37 percent of students said yes, 32 percent said no, and 31 percent were not sure.

Freshman John Savage said he is no longer permitted to open mail after the anthrax attacks on the East Coast.

Many students felt that wearing the flag could show support for America, while other students felt that the flag represented “racism, homophobia, and oppression”.

Ambassador to Libya and PHS alumni Chris Stevens was assassinated by Al-Qaeda in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2013.

ASB handed out Chris Stevens remembrance wristbands to honor the legacy he left at PHS.

Co-editor-in-chief Roy Connors pointed out how only 16 years after 9/11, we are already forgetting about the tragedy.

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