Today’s Generation Grows Up on Mass Shootings and Terrorism

By Shaun O’Brien

The Crown (Wilmette, Illinois)

Unfortunately, in the past eighteen years, there have been many shocking and horrifying terrorist attacks that have occurred not only in our country, but around the world. We, the youth of today, have grown up not only in a fast-paced and ever-evolving world, but a world that is violent, unsettled, and disturbed.

There seems to be a “normalcy” in another mass murder on the news or an attack from a terrorist group killing many innocent people. Although this is the world we live in, our generation remains united and committed to hope and peace.

Here is a compiled list of devastating terrorist attacks that you may have lived through.


September 11, 2001

Boston Marathon Bombing 

April 15,2013

Paris Attacks

Nov 14,2015

A man pays his respect outside the Le Carillon restaurant the morning after a series of deadly attacks in Paris , November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

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Aurora Shooting

July 20,2012

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Sandy Hook 

Dec 14, 2012

Virginia Tech

April 16, 2007


April 20,1999

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Isla Vista/ Elliot Rodger

May 23, 2014

 Oregon Shooting

October 1, 2015

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Fort Hood Shooting

November 5, 2009

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About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (

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