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To feel annoyed the school commemorated September 11th but not 7th July?

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MamaPain Mon 07-Jul-14 19:14:06

I don't know if I'm being unreasonable as it obviously isn't a competition but as a school in London I would have thought something should certainly be done for the latter regardless. Seems even more bizarre to remember one and not the other more closely related incident.

It's an event that I, like most Londoners, (and maybe people around the country) have deep personal emotions about and as 52 Londoner's died I think they deserve some recognition.

I know they held something last year.

Did your schools do anything?

stargirl1701 Mon 07-Jul-14 19:16:00

No, Scotland's schools are always on holiday on 7/7.

JumpRope Mon 07-Jul-14 19:17:11

How did they commemorate 9/11?

hmc Mon 07-Jul-14 19:18:25

That is a little odd

MagpieMama Mon 07-Jul-14 19:21:26

It's odd to do something for one and not the other yes, did you mention it to them?

Snatchoo Mon 07-Jul-14 19:23:17

Until I opened this thread I admit I had forgotten. No mark of silence today at work.

Wishyouwould Mon 07-Jul-14 19:25:31

YANBU. I think it's terrible that there has been very little coverage or mention of it. Barely a mention on Facebook - yet every other person made a comment about Victoria Beckham at Wimbledon yesterday as did today's papers.

MamaPain Mon 07-Jul-14 19:26:09

DC "can't exactly remember" hmm but says there was definitely a minute/moment of silence, an assembly, and they did some kind of discussion in one of the lessons (remembers this as the teacher apparently spoke very movingly).

When I asked today what was done at school for the London bombings, apparently nothing. It wasn't even mentioned. Maybe if we were in Scotland then yes perhaps it isn't a big deal but I would have thought they could have at least had a moment of silence. They seem to announce everything else.

Maybe I should just be grateful they weren't on strike.

MamaPain Mon 07-Jul-14 19:26:56

It's a senior school, so I'm not exactly in the business of mentioning things to them.

Kewrious Mon 07-Jul-14 19:34:02

I think the 7/7 families asked for no more public commemoration? I could be wrong. I am a Londoner and an atheist and travel to Russell Sq station a lot. Always feel a pang and say a prayer in front of that plaque.

MamaPain Mon 07-Jul-14 19:34:38

I'm clearly in the minority and think it's appalling. I'm going to insist DC watch something about the 7/7 attacks later.

It's outrageous that it seems to get such little attention.

Yes I am starting to feel more annoyed the more I think about this and yes I may have just gone into unreasonable territory.

MamaPain Mon 07-Jul-14 19:37:38

Kewrious, I've looked and can't see anything which says that, but then I may just be using the wrong terminology iyswim. I know a memorial was held today, but the main news around it has been in relation to the horrendous vandalism not the event itself.

I regularly use Aldgate station, somewhere I was on the day, and I always have a moment of reflection.

TheLovelyBoots Mon 07-Jul-14 19:37:40

Jeez. It's as though the world has been divided into "pre-9.11" and "post-9.11". With all due respect to the victims, it sadly doesn't even rate in the "worst things that have ever happened" index.

TheLovelyBoots Mon 07-Jul-14 19:38:11

7.11 is far more relevant to the UK so YANBU.

TheLovelyBoots Mon 07-Jul-14 19:38:25

Or, 7.7!

ouryve Mon 07-Jul-14 19:40:24

LovelyBoots hmm

Care to produce a league table, then?

MamaPain Mon 07-Jul-14 19:41:13

I'm not taking away from 9.11, obviously that is absolutely horrendous, but there are so many horrible incidents where people die unnecessarily (natural disasters, attacks etc) so I am definitely not saying the school schooled commemorate all, but what I can't understand is why focus on the one that happened in the US rather than the one that happened a couple miles down the road (literally).

MamaPain Mon 07-Jul-14 19:41:52

*should not schooled

TheLovelyBoots Mon 07-Jul-14 19:43:10

League tables? Not sure what you mean by that. Why should the UK commemorate 9.11? I don't understand why they would.

LiberalPedant Mon 07-Jul-14 19:49:09

Both events should be remembered. The UK lost 67 people in the 9-11 attacks.

MamaPain Mon 07-Jul-14 19:50:13

Kewrious is that definitely true? I still can't find anything to say they don't want any public commemoration.

EurotrashGirl Mon 07-Jul-14 19:50:45

According to this article, 67 British people died on 9/11. So purely from a numbers perspective, 9/11 is more relevant to the UK.

MrsAmaretto Mon 07-Jul-14 19:51:21

Though perhaps it's because 11th September was seen & remembered as an attack on the world trade centre and therefore on western capitalism/way of life where citizens from around the world were killed. It has had a lasting impact on the western world.

7th July was a much more local act of terrorism, the same as the Manchester or omagh bombing? These atrocities are not remembered nationally the same as 9/11?

If it was a local event for your area, then yes I would expect it to be mentioned/discussed in someway at school.

EurotrashGirl Mon 07-Jul-14 19:51:29

Sorry Liberal X-post!

Wishyouwould Mon 07-Jul-14 19:52:47

Graham Foulkes, whose son David, 22, was killed at the Edgware Road bombing, said: "This was an attack on Britain. It was not a natural disaster, it was pre-planned mass murder and there is not even a bunch of flowers from the Mayor."

"If you contrast this to 9/11, it is even more upsetting. The Queen was over there yesterday, yet she has not bothered to come out today for us."

* "This was the biggest loss of lives since the Second World War and it has almost been forgotten by the government,"*

These were all comments made by the families in 2010 - only 5 years after 7/7. The families have never asked for no more public commemoration.

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