KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — High school students across the country and in the Piedmont are barely old enough to remember where they were 12 years ago on September 11, but at East Forsyth High School that did not stop them from talking about the attacks that still shape their lives.
While many Americans remember exactly where they were when the attacks happened, most high school seniors were only five-years-old at the time. Some say what they remember most are things they’ve learned days after the attacks.
“I don’t remember the moment it happened, but I remember my parents picking me up telling me something bad happened, but I didn’t know what was going on,” said Senior Nur Massry.
East Forsyth Senior Zach Hurst said he remembers being picked up early from school, but had no idea how those moments would shape the rest of his life.
“Everything you do now is watched. The airports and everything has security, there is always a threat of terrorism and always the threat of going to war,” said Hurst.
The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system produces a short video each year about 9-11. The video features area emergency responders sharing their thoughts about the day. Students are shown the video in class.
Some students say the video helps them put the day in perspective but also helps them understand the patriotism 9-11 often sparks.
“It’s really depressing and kind of sad, but also a moment everyone can be patriotic and it kind of unites us,” said Massry.