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One image in a FEMA coloring book made us see red.


A coloring book on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's website, designed to help children cope with disasters, seemed innocent enough.

But when we stumbled upon the illustration of the World Trade Center in flames, with a plane heading toward it, we were less than pleased.

We weren't the only ones who were disturbed. In fact, FEMA has even taken the image off its website. They also issued the following statement:

"We removed the content from our website after reviewing for appropriate material. FEMA for kids assists children in understanding disasters and we will continue to post appropriate material that supports its mission," said John Shea with FEMA.

What do you think? Is 9/11 appropriate for a coloring book, or is this just wrong?

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130 comments so far | Post a comment now
Nicole April 28, 2009, 11:00 PM

I like it. How else are kids going to learn about 9/11? I mean, should we be keeping 9/11 a secret from our kids? No. The picture isn’t very graphic. I don’t see a problem with it at all. I wish they would keep it because I would like to have it for my kids.

Amy April 28, 2009, 11:31 PM

I agree with Nicole - why do people have to raise such a hoopla about stuff like this? Moms, if you don’t want YOUR kids to see this, then don’t download it and give it to them! It’s not your mission in life to tell the rest of us how we should tell our children about 9/11.

I also do not see anything inappropriate - it’s clear the context of the page in question is to help children “cope” with disasters partially by telling them what it might be like. And the text on that page is absolutely correct.

Once again, political correctness has run amok.

chris April 29, 2009, 9:05 AM

I agree completely with Nicole and Amy. We as a country can not forget that this happened and I see nothing wrong with the pictures. Sometimes I get so confused by the way people react to something. I read the post from the racial mom who hopes that her 4 year old son turns out to be gay and so many people responded postitively to it but yet we have moms out there freakin out because their kids might learn something about our history…go figure.

Jeff April 30, 2009, 10:34 AM

This book is just another political indoctrination tool aimed at using fear to manipulate future generations. I’d like to see a coloring book about Katrina or the OK City bombing where children were killed at the daycare center there. Where are THOSE coloring books?

Thomas J Stevens MD May 3, 2009, 8:50 AM

Coloring books are for very young children. Ages three and four. They are not able to handle this type of information without creating unneccessary fears.
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