By Bill Hudson, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In a Southwest High School government class, there was no shortage of students willing to chime in. The day’s topic was one lesson in current events they’ve all been anxiously awaiting.

In the classroom of seniors, students were just seven or eight years old when, so suddenly, their world seemed to be coming apart. The horrors of 9/11 and its aftermath have been with them for about as long as many of them remember.

“There were a lot of people that had PTSD-like symptoms,” said Dr. Charles Schulz, who heads the University of Minnnesota’s Department of Psychiatry. PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

He believes that the jubilation being felt by those of high school and college age is totally expected.

“I think one of the reasons is that this horrible event of 9/11 occurred at developmental stage for these young people,” said Schulz. “It just had an effect on them that only now we’re realizing how horrible it was then.”

In fact, post-9/11 studies focusing on younger people have shown a rise in anxiety, depression and sleeplessness. It is most apparent among those who were adolescents at the time of the 2001 terror attacks. Additionally, symptoms associated with PTSD also spiked following the attacks.

“Since I’ve known about current events, it’s been the biggest current event that’s been going on,” explained Allison Bertelson, a University of Minnesota senior.

For both Bertelson and fellow student John Sell, the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden brings a sense of relief. The man who haunted their childhood dreams is dead.

“Just seeing all the students and people rally outside of the White House, it made me proud to be an American, knowing that bin Laden is now gone,” said Sell.

Comments (6)
  1. Joe young says:

    Al qaida is next

    1. snowman says:

      Al qaida next? What are you doing to help tough guy? Sitting on you fat ass drinking beer?

  2. KEVIN says:

    hey, bin laden you ever here a old rock and roll song lyric BOOM BOOM OUT GOES THE LIGHTS

  3. Mark says:

    I agree Joe, but they should also take out the leaders in Pakistan that say they didn’t know that he was there. I bet he has been there for the last 10 years.

  4. V for Vendetta says:

    9-11 was a false flag attack orchestrated by the US Government in order to give the excuse for the USSA to invade resource rich countries like Iraq (oil) and Afghanistan (oil, poppy seeds, and $1,000,000,000,000 in Lithium). Osama Bin Laden CIA Tim Osman. It’s bad karma to celebrate death. I am also offended that OBL’s 9/11 guilt is now reported as fact instead of an allegation leveled by our demonstrably truth impaired government. Enjoy the propaganda show, proles. Celebrate that death! I will be celebrating that I left the USSA.

    1. snowman says:

      well said V!

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