9/11, An American Tragedy

Pius XI students ponder ways to change society 10 years later

CREATED Sep. 8, 2011

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MILWAUKEE - 10 years after the 9/11 terror attacks impacted the world, a group of teenagers with different faith backgrounds came together to re-live what they remembered of the attacks and move forward.

Students of four different faiths united at Pius XI High School, a Catholic school in Milwaukee, to explain how the tragedy changed their lives, and how they hope to positively change society since that tragic day.

The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee hosted the prayer service Thursday.

"The emphasis here is to try to look ahead," said Tom Heinen of Interfaith of Greater Milwaukee.

"How do we build a better world?  How do we move beyond with hope?"

Many students with different faiths reflected on those questions and the tragic day itself.

"On that day, the only thing I remember was (being) really worried," said Risha Rathore, a Hindu student.

"After September 11th, many people blamed Muslims for what happened" explained Kareem Sarsour, who is Muslim.

'They started targeting us and calling us terrorists for something we didn't do."

Students expressed hope to move society forward, together.

"If we have hope and continuously hold onto that hope for a more positive future, we can make a change in the world," said Francis Klein, a Catholic.

When TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady asked Sarsour what change was hoped for, he responded, "Give the right message to students, also tell them a way we can work together and make a bright future to be proud of."

These students plan to take one step at a time, and hope their message spreads beyond these doors out into the community.