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Students react to attacks in Paris

Students sign a banner in remembrance of the lives that were lost in the attacks in Paris.

Students sign a banner in remembrance of the lives that were lost in the attacks in Paris.

Izzy Mitchell

Students sign a banner in remembrance of the lives that were lost in the attacks in Paris.

Izzy Mitchell

Izzy Mitchell

Students sign a banner in remembrance of the lives that were lost in the attacks in Paris.

Connor Lin, Staff Writer

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Terrorist attacks filled the streets of Paris on Nov. 13, leaving people around the world in despair.

Claiming to be responsible for the attacks, the terrorist group known as ISIS killed over 100 people in France.

Ana Bazgan, a sophomore, said, “I was outraged when I found out about what had happened in Paris because I realized how many people were affected by the attacks.”

Other places around the world, such as the Middle East, have also been experiencing large amounts of violence. However, world nations have placed emphasis on the horrific acts in Paris more than other violent tragedies that have taken place.

Sophomore Carrie Welter said, “I think it’s important to point out how there have been bombings in the Middle East, but people have not made a big deal about it because it’s considered typical. But once violence arrives in France, it becomes a global phenomenon.”

Carlmont held a moment of silence on Nov. 13 before the beginning of the varsity football game and on Nov. 16 before lunch. The flag was lowered to half staff on Nov. 16 to honor those who had been killed during the terrorist attacks.

Sophomore Katie Gray said, “Carlmont has not educated their students enough about the recent events that have taken place around the world. Students should take the time to understand global issues and Carlmont should provide that knowledge. In my opinion, the school as a whole did not do a good job of clearly stating why we took a moment of silence and why the event was so tragic.”

Though the terrorist attack did not occur near Carlmont, some of the people who attend Carlmont were personally affected by the violence.

History teacher Linda Garvey said, “I have several friends whose daughters were in Paris. It frightened me to think that they could be in danger.”

Other terrorist attacks, such as the destruction of the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, have also left people devastated. France supported the United States during this crisis, similarly to how Americans, including Carlmont students, are supporting France in their current issue. 

Garvey said, “As a history teacher, I feel obligated to teach my students about what’s happening around the world and to help them understand the events.”

Terrorist attacks, such as what happened in Paris, are becoming more common, leaving people around the world in a state of unease.

Welter said, “These attacks are not only upsetting to hear about, but they have left me concerned for my safety.”

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Connor Lin, Staff Writer

Connor Lin is a senior at Carlmont High School. He enjoys writing, graphic design, and photography. He is currently Managing Editor for The Highlander.

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