Savvy enough to watch the news but often too young to fully comprehend what they saw, students came to Imperial Valley schools Tuesday with questions and concerns about the apparent terrorist attacks on the East Coast.
"I'm in shock," said Christian Miramontes, 13.
As the John F. Kennedy Middle School eighth-grader sat in Diana Diammano's language arts class, she and her fellow students were instructed to put their feelings and what they've learned about the attacks into a multiple-paragraph essay.
Teachers such as Diammano found ways to address the event and students' questions while still providing an educational lesson. More important for Diammano, however, is the humanitarian aspect.
"I try to make them identify with the people (victims). I try to get them to empathize," Diammano said.
It can be hard for students to grasp the significance and ramifications of a terrorist attack of this magnitude on United States soil.