A week after the news of Osama bin Laden’s death, new details and discussions continue with the latest weekend release of five U-S official videos. The recordings show materials seized at bin Laden’s Pakistan compound. A senior intelligence official told the Pentagon that the video indicates that bin Laden, “remained active in al Qaeda terrorist propaganda operations, especially in shaping his own image”. CNN World News, May 8, 2011
All last week Metro Atlanta students watched and listened to information surrounding the death of the man claiming responsibility for the 2001, 9/11 U-S terrorist attack killing nearly 3 thousand people. Some DeKalb County students, gathering in their Lithonia neighborhood to ride bikes, play games and talk, shared some opinions on Friday, May 6, 2011 about the locating and killing of Osama bin Laden.
Speaking with a group of seven students, made up of fourth, fifth, sixth, ninth and tenth graders, reveal that young people are more knowledgeable of current events than most people may think. Also, their opinions are not necessarily a direct reflection of their parents influence, but instead reflect some deep thinking of their own.
The fourth and fifth graders could talk in detail about the shooting of Osama bin Laden, and even the reported information that the Al Qaeda leader’s daughter witnessed her father being killed. Most of the students agreed that bin Laden should die for his crimes. But one fifth grade female student said, “Osama bin Laden is dead, but it seems like he got away with his crimes.” She said, “He should have been captured and kept alive, made to stand trial, made to face the victims’ families, and made live with his actions.” A fourth grade female student said, “He should have been tortured for a long time, then killed.”
All of the students, except for one, agreed with President Barack Obama’s final decision not to release pictures showing bin Laden’s gunshot wounds. One sixth grade female student, commenting on problems internationally that could arise if, “bloody, scary pictures” are released to the public said, “I worry that since bin Laden was killed, there may be other territories groups waiting to take revenge on Washington and the United States.” A ninth grade male student said, “I believe the pictures would be sent all over the internet and people would comment on them. Some people in the Muslim Community would be upset and think that the United States is trying to be disrespectful, and those feeling disrespected may act aggressively toward us.” As reported, the president’s decision to bury Osama bin Laden at sea was also made for the two reasons of: avoiding a burial site on land turning into a shrine, and to demonstrate respect for Muslim burial customs. All of the students said they understood the importance of respecting religious customs.
The one student who disagreed with the President Obama’s decision not to release the photo of a dead Osama bin Laden was a tenth grade male student. He said, “The photos should be released because the victims’ families suffered so much and have a right to see Osama bin Laden dead.” He also added that, “He is not joining in the celebration of bin Laden’s death because of all the sadness that surrounds the many more people killed on 9/11.”