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FEMA Scraps 9/11 Coloring Book

Disturbing images given to thousands of kids to color
By A Ali,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2009 12:59 PM CDT
FEMA Scraps 9/11 Coloring Book
This screenshot from FEMA's "A Scary Thing Happened" shows a plane flying towards the Twin Towers.   (

After touting it for six years, FEMA has pulled a downloadable coloring book that depicts a plane flying towards the burning Twin Towers from its website. A Scary Thing Happened has been disseminated to thousands of children worldwide and no one has complained about it—or its potential to traumatize kids—until now, a public official tells the New York Daily News. FEMA has yet to offer an explanation for the move.

"I have a letter from FEMA in 2003 applauding us for the coloring book," says the Minnesota official, whose county developed the disaster guide after a tornado. "I feel like it was happening in the world and kids saw it," defends the 68-year-old grandmother who drew the 9/11 images. "It is life."
(More FEMA stories.)

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