Osama bin Laden became a household name just shy of 10 years ago, which means there are people today who have known about him for as long as they've been politically conscious. Now that bin Laden is dead, the younger generation is going through its own kind of emotional readjustment. It is tempting to think of teenagers as clueless, but in this instance, it's a strangely comforting way to pay tribute to a mass murderer: do not acknowledge him. But the last day's worth of media frenzy have made them more than aware and here are a few of the reactions we've seen from millennials:
Trepidation. Adam Mawson at Ohio's The Morning Journal talks to high-school students, some of whom were in kindergarten on September 11, 2001. Many of them heard about bin Laden's death through Facebook, which didn't exist when the terrorist attacks took place. Janelis Quinones, 17, said that she "was nervous" when she heard: "Everything started flooding through my head. People think that just because he's dead it's over and it's not." Melody Oritz, also 17, echoed these thoughts: "I believe there's going to be more threats ... I don't think it's going to be the end of it. I know [finding Bin Laden] is a good thing because there was a war going on. Some people think it's going to end, but I don't."