For those of us who do remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001, it’s hard to imagine that anyone wouldn’t; but for children who were too young to understand what happened that day, there’s Nick News’ longtime voice of reason, Linda Ellerbee.
In Thursday night’s Nick News special, “What Happened? The Story of September 11,” Ellerbee attempts to cut through the “media noise” and clarify the story for children. Ellerbee omitted some of the more graphic images and details, and suggested that kids grab a trusted adult before tuning in.
Though the special was obviously intended for young viewers, the first-hand accounts of people who were children in 2001 and now are older teenagers or young adults gave an interesting perspective on the day.
We particularly appreciated the inclusion of Jamie Jones, a young man who was seven years old that day and a member of the class that President George W. Bush so famously read to on that fateful morning.
“The president, he just sat there, and his face just went dead,” Jamie said of the moment when Bush was informed of the tragedy. “He had a blank stare.