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Middle-Schoolers React To The Paris Attacks

"It makes me not want to go to public places"

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When my 13 year old sister texted me a link to a Buzzfeed article detailing a Paris victim's experience inside the Bataclan theater, I was shocked.

I like to think of my sister as a little girl who is insulated from the horrors of the real world. But she's growing up, and growing up in a world where she has instant access to the world's news online, often beginning on Instagram and Twitter.

I interviewed a few eighth graders using the medium they are most comfortable with: text message. I removed names and each of their parents consented. Below are excerpts from our conversations.

When did you find out? What did you think?

But most kids who I talked to were hopeful.

"I know the world is full of terrible people, but there are also good parts right now all the bad ones are getting attention."

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