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Osama in the Mosh Pit

"The hottest band out of Saudi Arabia, featuring wahabi and hip-hop influences, Bin Laden and the Jihadis features extensive vamping and sitar solos, in addition to the occasional suicide vest crowd surf." (comment after article)

There are questions popping up on twitter about Bin Laden and his band, why is he famous, that kind of thing. And yahoo is reporting that 2/3 of people searching for "who is Osama Bin Laden?" are teens. I don't know how they know they're teens, but if true, a large number of children were kept ignorant of current events when they were five or six years old.

And I mean entirely ignorant. I don't know that I agree with the commenters that we should entirely "blame" the previous generation. But I should imagine by the late teen years that children will be surfing the web and picking up the news as they go along.

During the elementary school years, I know that often parents are very overprotective about letting their children hear about the news. I know that at my sons' school at the time, they kept the children entirely ignorant of what was happening on September 11th. Patrick had an inkling, but they never stopped school or chatted about anything. In fact, once the school was on lockdown because a child nearby was shot and killed... and no explanation was given to the students.

I don't know that I agree with that. But thankfully I am not in charge of 592 students who might freak out during the day and I think I can let the school decide that and fill in the blanks on my own later. As a parent of an individual child, I'd want my kid informed about why the building is locked up and recess is called off. Sometimes I am not sure what to think about anything.


  1. I was in the 6th grade when 9/11 happened and because the school system I was in had 6th grade in elementary school the school was not allowed to tell us anything but since we were the last to go to school and I lived in AZ I saw what happened on the news in the morning(as well as most of my fellow 6th grade students). I got that they did not want to scare the younger children and all. I think that teens are searching who bin Laden is because pretty much after 2001 we didn't hear much about him until Sunday.

  2. My older boys have known because we've talked about it off and on since they were born. I haven't told them yet about Osama getting killed but I know they're gonna whoop and holler when they hear. Ryan was a newborn in my arms when the towers fell. Ever since then they love to play "Soldiers and terrorists". No one wants to be the terrorist. lol


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