Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Carrie Carlisle

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Carrie Carlisle

Article excerpt

Byline: COLUMNIST

IDON'T think I understand what today's children automatically think of when they hear the phrase "terrorist attack".

I realise now, that when varying generations hear the term 'terrorist'', it has to mean something different to all of us.

Something very specific based on our individual experiences.

When I was little, it was bombs.

There was a period of time where you couldn't go to the Metrocentre on a weekend without an IRA bomb threat being announced.

It felt like standard procedure, being moved away from the quadrant where the bomb was suspected to have been placed. Or the chaotic announcement of the total evacuation of Europe's largest shopping centre.

My amazement at seeing grown ups - people who were supposed to make and follow all the rules - watching loads of them just pick up armfuls of clothing and run to the exits of big department stores.

Wondering why the rules were allowed to be broken that day.

The last bomb scare I ever remember being in, at the Metro centre, the police turned up at our house, afterwards.

They informed us that when everyone was evacuated to the "safe quadrants", this time, they weren't safe at all.

There were three more bombs, scattered in various shops.

Turns out I had leant on all three of them, and the displays they were placed amongst, and been captured on CCTV doing so.

I was around 10 years old and had been tired. No one was allowed to leave the scene until police told us we could.

But still, they asked me questions, and my photo was taken. Then they left.

To this day, I'm still confused as to why it happened. But I wasn't afraid. Not ever. Because it happened to me.

I didn't have to watch it all unfold from the perspective of a child outsider, who would've been far more able to take all the frightening information in.

I saw my small piece of experience. Then it was over.

And I got to switch off. Today's younger generations do not have this luxury.

For them, terrorist threats aren't so much something they get caught up in themselves.

But technology gives them the illusion that they are, which to me is far worse. …

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