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Gulfport High students discuss Paris terror attacks in class

Gulfport High students shared their opinions in the wake of the massacre in Paris. (Photo source: WLOX) Gulfport High students shared their opinions in the wake of the massacre in Paris. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

The terrorist attacks in France, the ISIS threat, and should the U.S. take military action. Many young people in South Mississippi were talking about those issues in school Monday. 

Some Gulfport High students shared their opinions in the wake of the massacre in Paris.

Students in the AP government class at have been studying the Syrian refugee crisis, Russia's involvement, and the rise of ISIS. Monday was their first opportunity to talk about the tragedy that struck the heart of France last Friday.

"So are you afraid?" the student’s teacher Hardy Thames asked.

 One student shouted yes.

"I literally had chills, and it was so shocking to hear about just the humanitarian, like concerns about how somebody could possibly just go into innocent civilians' lives and kill them," said Ryleigh Bardwell, Gulfport High junior.

"So, how many of you think whether or not other countries go, we should go harder in with troops?" asked Thames.
 
Sixteen hands shot up in support of the U.S. using military force against those claiming responsibility for the attacks.
 
"I think we should help France go in and attack Syria, but not with air strikes. In a way, I don't want to put boots on the ground, but I think we have to," said Jake Penny, Gulfport High Junior.

"I think it would be better to go through the United Nations. Because otherwise, we would have other countries against us," said Bailey Emmer, Gulfport High Junior.

Opinions also differed over whether the U.S. should welcome Syrian refugees, especially with fears of terrorists using the border crossings as a way to sneak into other countries.

"I think we should welcome them, because they're going through a really hard time. But I think we should also keep our guard up, because of possible terrorists," said Taylor Thompson, Gulfport High Junior.

"We should go over there and solve the problem, so they don't have to come here. If they're leaving by the droves from their country to our country, we're not really solving the problem. We're just trying to create a temporary fix," said Gray Dyal, Gulfport High Junior.

The students all agreed there is no easy answer in the battle against terror.

"It makes us realize if that could happen in France, it could also happen here just as easy," said Thompson.

In December, the students will hold a garage sale to raise money for Syrian refugees.

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