Administrative Justice Class: Largest Crime Scene in American History

It is the third semester of being back in college and feel impressed to share a recent assignment from my Criminal Justice Class. We recently watched a few video clips about the 911 terrorist attacks back in 2001. My professor is a retired lieutenant of the NYPD and was on site where the World Trade Centers collapsed. He allowed us to view some footage of the wreckage that was given special to his department for a type of memoir. After watching the clips we were then instructed to write a one page paper on what we learned in class that day.

The Attack on 9/11: Information Not Everyone May Know

 

Most history taught in schools are perceived as events long past, and most crimes in news are broadcast shortly after they occur. The terrorist attacks in Manhattan on September 11, 2001 welded history and crime together as the Twin Towers fell. The World Trade Centers were a historic icon for capitalism and freedom which fumed the grand crime by the Al-Qaeda terrorist group.

Watching the documents about 911 in class left me reflecting on what was going on in my life at the time. Utah, the state I was residing in, was making its preparations to have the 2002 Winter Olympics. The day the towers came down I went to work as a receptionist at a Foot and Ankle clinic in Salt Lake City. Tuesdays were normally busy because there were two doctors working in the office, but on this day it was slow and somber. That night I went to massage school and some of us sat there in an empty class room wondering if the teacher would show up. Writing this paper has made me more aware that 911 has become history. However, the people who were more intimately affected may still feel as though it shortly occurred.

Here are 8 facts mentioned in class about the attacks that I wasn’t aware of or I found most interesting: 1) Large dump trucks transported debris off the crime scene to a landfill on Staten Island where it could be sifted through and used as evidence. 2) Workers on the crime scene were told after a couple of weeks they could remove their face masks. However, this wasn’t a good idea because now there has been thousands of cases with people having lung cancer and other illnesses due to the fumes. 3) The towers went 7 stories below ground where shops and eateries were also located. The explosion effected this area and caused fires to burn underground for over a year. 4) The destruction covered 16 acres of land. The deaths of 2400 civilians, 343 firefighter made this the largest American crime scene. 5) A St Paul’s church remained untouched in the middle of the 16 acres and was a place of refuge where workers could go and eat. 6) 200 people jumped out of the buildings which sounded like a mini earthquake. The people who survived said they jumped so their bodies could be identified by loved ones. 7) Divorce rates, alcoholism and prescription drug use increased after this event. Lastly, the 8th most significant piece of new information was the Boat-Lift which was the worlds’ largest sea evacuation; saving ½ million victims in 9 hours. The rescue wasn’t planned, nor were people formally trained; it was steered by people governing themselves with their moral guide. The Al-Qaeda terrorist group took much from America that day, but they didn’t take its humanity.

What I didn’t include in my paper was the story of Stephen Siller or also known as the Tunnel to Towers Foundations. Stephen’s Story http://tunnel2towers.org/

 

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Library Reads For August 2014:Back-to-School, Halloween, Folktale

Grade School Stories

There's No Place Like School: Classroom Poems

Fun poems about grade school. I particularly liked: Far Away, It’s Today?, Countdown to Recess, Not Fair.

A Pirate's Guide to Recess

A Pirate's Guide to First Grade

This School Year Will Be the BEST!

The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School

 

ZooZical

 Halloween Reads

Winnie the Witch

 

The House That Drac Built

The pictures are kind of creepy looking, but the reading is pretty light hearted. For a Halloween theme, it has a bright ending.

Never Kick a Ghost and Other Silly Chillers

Life Lessons From Folktales

The Mean Hyena: A Folktale from Malawi

This book teaches us that if we want to play a trick on someone, we can expect that somebody will play an even bigger trick on us!

 

The Beautiful Butterfly: A Folktale from Spain

Most butterfly stories tell of how the caterpillar blossoms into the butterfly, likening it to someone discovering their true potential. This folktale is lovely because it is about two characters who love each other and it surpasses the cliché stories about butterflies.

Accomplished Works

The art work was done in school and presented at their open house. We are pleased with their teachers. Ms. Pollero, Ayzia’s teacher, has done an exceptional job with working on areas that she needs help in, such as: Ayzia is very shy and likes to write…a lot. Ms. Pollero assigned her to a table with a girl who is also an introvert, and two girls who are outgoing. She has encouraged Ayzia to share her writings in the class which has progressed her communication skills. This is just one example of my appreciation for her teacher. It truly is important the child be matched with a teacher whom they will work well with. Most teachers are great, it just depends on the chemistry between child and teacher.

 

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Eden’s Butterfly, Kindergarten

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Ayzia’s Elephant, 1st Grade

 

Eden's made-it-herself cookie bar. I got out the key ingredients, but she did all the measurements herself- without a recipe.  They were delicious!

Eden’s made-it-herself cookie bar. I got out the key ingredients, but she did all the measurements herself- without a recipe. They were delicious!

Ayzia's Art, "Statue of Liberty"

Ayzia’s Water Color “Statue of Liberty”

How many times is a professor allowed to use the ‘F’ word in a class room?

The girls and I started school this week. The oldest is in first grade and the youngest is in kindergarten. I should correct myself and say, “The oldest is in college.” I’ve been to three years of college back at ages 18-20, but at 35 I’m still pretty much starting over. The previous transcripts consist of classes such as: art, music, guitar, wheel throwing and badminton. Needless to say, even though I knew what my degree was to be; I was directionless and flighty! I look back and think, thank goodness I didn’t become an elementary teacher! Knowing myself a little bit better now, it’s evident I would have sucked!

Which lends me to mention a couple of things I have observed with my college classes.  In my Native American History class today; we had a substitute.  It is only the second day of class, but I testify this sub is a much better teacher then the one assigned to me.  My hope is the regular teacher’s lack of enthusiasm will transfer over when it’s time to give grades. Hopefully she will be enthused to give high grades. Although the teacher isn’t enthusiastic, she is professional.

My English teacher- first day, threw down some swears, including the ‘F’ word at least 3-4 times. One of which, was in the sentence, “I’m a pretty chill guy, but you don’t want to fuck with me.” (I’m paraphrasing, but you get the idea.)  My AIS teacher said the same thing, but with dignity. However, the English teacher is very enthusiastic and easy to learn from.  Out of the 2 English classes, I haven’t daydreamed, which is saying a lot for me. So maybe this says something about me; I need to be a little offended in order to keep me interested.

On the note of saying something about me:  First let me preface; trusting in your instinct is different then trusting in your sense of direction. Most of the time, my natural instincts are right, but I rarely trust them. My sense of direction is mostly wrong, yet I find myself trusting it too often. This concept became all too apparent today, when I had to park in a different lot and became lost and confused as to how to find it again once my class was over.