West faculty, students remember 9/11 through school day


Osborne Earl Smith

History teacher Mr. Don Wagner shares his recollections of 9/11 with his first period class on Monday.

Ava Stephens, Staff Writer

Eighteen years after the attack on the World Trade Center, there are many teachers and students who still make sure to remember the people who lost their lives after the terrorist attack.  

Teaching about 9/11 is a very important part of school curriculum, serving as a reminder of America’s past and how it still affects our future today. America is still fighting its longest war in its history, the War in Afghanistan. 

History teacher Mr. Don Wagner makes sure to spend the day teaching his classes, ranging from psychology to history, the importance and impact of 9/11. 

“We’re so focused on the essentials of our curriculum, we miss one of the most defining moments of our history. There’s so many parts to 9/11 that we can talk about, so many teachers from different subjects can talk about it,” Wagner said.  

Senior Jean Benavidez said that for some teachers, talking about 9/11 doesn’t make sense, such as for math teachers.

“For history teachers, it’s an important part of their curriculum.  But for other teachers, it’s something that just gets kids out of learning and gets teachers out of teaching,” Benavidez said.

Yet, for most classes, it is on the students to remember the attack on the World Trade Center. 

Senior Konnor Dilka doesn’t have any teachers that teach about 9/11 and hopes that more would talk about it. 

“I was born after 9/11 and sometimes – especially after it’s been so long since the attack – it’s natural to forget details about what happened,” Dilka said. “I think a lot of people could have forgotten small details since then.”