9/11 Children Experience Joy, Fear After Hearing About Bin Laden’s Death

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — About 3,000 children lost a parent in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the death of Osama bin Laden is stirring up mixed emotions.

Terry Sears, executive director of Tuesday’s Children – an organization formed to help children deal with their loss, said the death of bin Laden could be good for the children.

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“Our hope at Tuesday’s Children is this helps 9/11 family members move on positively with their lives,” Sears said.

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However, while the news is positive, Sears said it is putting a face on the perpetrator causing anxiety in some children.

“It’s sort of making it all very much more real for the kids,” Sears said.

Social worker Fran Furman, a counselor at Tuesday’s Children, said some children may be experiencing fear following news of the death since in video games the bad guys get killed and then “pop right back up.”

Debby Carson, of Massapequa Park, who was pregnant when her husband died on 9/11, was happy to tell her 9-year-old son, James, that bin Laden was dead.

“His arms went up in the air and he went, ‘Yay!’ like we were at a football game,”Carson said. “We got him. We win.”

The sentiment was shared across much of New York City Monday as crowds flocked to Times Square and Ground Zero expressing joy and relief at the death of bin Laden.

A candlelight vigil will be held in Eisenhower Park Monday night to honor the hundreds of Nassau County residents killed on Sept. 11, 2001.

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    We’re just a few weeks away from the release of this new book on August 1, and less then 3 months away from the 10th anniversary of 9/11. When the Lights Go Out will find wide interest at that time. This book is for readers 8 and up.

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  • Marina Ios

    i really do not see the reason why we are even commenting this.
    these poor kids lost their parents and this is a horrible thing to happen , no matter what reason was their moms/dads died
    once they found out that monster was killed , their grief will stay the same
    my mom died of cancer when i was 14 yrs old, if i read tomorrow that they found the cure for cancer it will not make me in any way feeling better about my mom dying so young

  • William

    This isn’t joyful at all, he was a person, and people have the right to live. He did not deserve to die at all

    • roula

      yes he did deserve to die — that p.o.s. took so many lives and not only did he take those lives but he ruined all the other people that loved the ones that died– god bless all the troops fighting for us and god bless the ones that did fight for us and didnt make it ..

      william just got to pakistan if you dont like it

    • Lynn

      Seriously William? “He didn’t deserve to die at all”… are you kidding me? Bin Laden was responsible for THOUSANDS of deaths, and would have continued to kill innocent people, until he took his last breath. Pick up your balls and move to Pakistan…. we don’t need your kind here in the USA!

  • kendra

    what we should be teaching are children is violence is not an answer..and we should have tried to find a better solution….now there going to think that violence is a solution to everything indtead of dealing with it another way.i am not trying to say that what he did was right buit what we did is end anothers life.

  • zarine

    What about the hundreds of children in Afhanistan and Iraq who have lost not just a parent but at times their entire families. These children are surrounded by killings and war and destruction since their birth. And they don’t have any sort of counselling to get them through it. Isn’t the value of life the same irrespective of whether it is in the US, Iraq, Palestine or Japan?

  • Deborah Dirk-Halley

    There is some joy and great sadness that the children of the 9/11 attack will have to endure even though Osama Bin Laden is confirmed dead. These children will never know their parent that was lost in the 9/11 attack. There will be no closure in the children’s lives, just a reminder of that tragedy on that fateful day September 11, 2001. May God continue to bless the surviving families and their children.

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