Shannen Doherty is calling on education officials in the U.S. to update school curriculums to teach children all about the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, because young kids should be well aware of such a life-changing event in America's history.
Officials at the New York City Department of Education developed lesson plans to teach youngsters about the tragedy last year, prior to the 10th anniversary of the Twin Tower attacks, while New Jersey schools have also followed suit.
But the former "Beverly Hills, 90210" star is stunned that the tragedy of 9/11 is not being discussed in more classrooms nationwide, and she wants new generations of kids to know all about the al-Qaeda attacks masterminded by Osama Bin Laden - just like they study the events of Pearl Harbor during World War Two.
She tells PR.com, "My biggest thing is to evoke change and to stand for something, whatever that something may be. As an example, 9/11 affected me, as it affected everybody in this country and most people around the world. It was horrific and scary, but it also elicited feelings of pride, camaraderie and patriotism. You saw a country pull together and support each other. It was one of the most beautiful things I've bared witness to, while also being a horrific event with how many people were murdered on that day.
"My political mind comes into play being that I'm confused as to why we don't have some form of a curriculum in our schools for teaching about that day. I don't think it's a day that should ever be forgotten. We certainly didn't forget about Pearl Harbor and we teach about Pearl Harbor. I don't see why 9/11 is any different, and it's something I am going to be fighting for.
"In life, you have to get passionate and stand behind something and fight for it. It takes one person to evoke change, to start a movement to make the world a better place. Education is first and foremost, which is again, why I believe that 9/11 is something that should be taught about in school."
Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the worst terrorist attack in America's history after two hijacked airplanes crashed into the Twin Towers at New York's World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. A third slammed into the Pentagon in Virginia and a fourth crash landed in Pennsylvania.