Teens and Terrorism

Emily Lowe

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Junior, Joey Westhoelter said, “teenagers should care more about terrorism, but instead a lot of them make jokes about it.”

Teens and other young adults may have come to believe that terrorism groups and other worldly problems are the least of their worries. These groups have shaken the world with their cruel attacks on many different countries worldwide in recent events.

Junior, Simon Polk said, “We should care about ISIS because they’re just coming into our territory attacking us. We should care about that. You have to get involved or it’s just going to get worse and worse.”

Historically, most terrorism attacks are planned out and conducted on heavily populated areas or areas of importance, for example, 9/11. Arab hijackers took control of 4 planes which crashed into the world trade center. This event killed 2,993 people and injured 8,900 people in New York. However, residents of areas with a lower population are not necessarily safe from violent acts of terrorism.

Westhoelter said, I don’t think America will have more attacks, they know that we’re tougher than them.”

Well that might not be true as any citizens can become inspired by large terrorist groups actions and plan to conduct their own attacks whether or not large groups are involved.
“They just don’t know how it truly is. They think they have their ideas about freedom and what they should do right and wrong about muslims and how they think their beliefs are right, but they don’t understand how it’s truly going,” said Polk.

The recent attack on San Bernardino, California, killing 14, was conducted by American citizens inspired by ISIS but not directed by the group. On April 15, 2013, two men left explosive bombs at the end of the Boston Marathon finish line, where they exploded killing four and injuring 290. These two attacks were once again, not tied to any terrorist groups. They were, however, believed to be motivated by Islamic extremists, as the attackers were worshippers of the Islamic society and attended a mosque in Cambridge, a Muslim place of worship. The founder and first president of the mosque,  Abdurahman Alamoudi supported extremist group, Al Qaeda, by raising money for the group. Terrorists can attack anywhere at anytime and is not always predictable.

This information shows Festus High School students should care more about terrorism as it could strike anywhere at anytime. There is no telling where a terrorist group will hit next from a small town, like San Bernardino, or a heavily populated city, like the attacks of 9/11 in New York. No one is safe from terrorism and we should all give a little more attention to it as it could save someone’s life. It’s much better to be safe than sorry and keeping yourself educated on terrorism and the effects it could have on you.

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