This article originally appeared at MLive.com on September 20, 2001 at http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf?/news/stories/20010920jroundup20.frm.

By Noe Hernandez - Staff Writer

Jessi Cole's mental list of weapons of mass destruction expanded after terrorists attacked New York and Washington, D.C.

The Lenawee Christian School senior added commercial airplanes loaded with fuel to her already familiar list of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

"It's a whole new ballgame now," Cole said Wednesday. "We weren't expecting things like airplanes."

Cole and about 75 other students at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's 14th annual High School Debate Workshops at the Commonwealth Commerce Center argued whether the United States should establish a foreign policy limiting the use of weapons of mass destruction.

The one-day program in Jackson was designed to help students and coaches from Hudson, Lenawee Christian and Adrian high schools learn debating techniques and gather information.

Three workshops focused primarily on weapons of mass destruction, but much of the discussion turned to terrorism.

Sarah Cook, an Adrian High School senior, said she learned why people from other countries attack America. Other countries consider the United States an intruder and they're jealous of American freedoms, she said.

"(Their) government is trying to prevent them from what we have over here," she said.Rachel Goble, a senior at Adrian High School, said she learned about terrorist tactics. "They want big countries to go against them because when they do, they'll get other countries to go against us. It's kind of scary how they thought this out."

 

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