April 9th (written by Peter K. Hirsch)
This is the episode of the children’s show Arthur that was made in response to 9/11. It was meant to help children understand how to cope with traumatic events, and to understand the different reactions that come with it.
Every student in the episode has a different reaction to the event—in this case a fire in their school. Arthur begins to experience severe anxiety that his father is in danger at work and worries constantly about his safety. Buster, who was out that day, feels confused by his inability to truly empathize having not experienced it with his classmates. Sue Ellen loses the diary that she held very dearly to her, and has trouble explaining why it can’t be replaced. Binky becomes traumatized, worried about something happening again and even almost reliving what happened at times. It’s a very honest, but gentle and thorough discussion about trauma and anxiety for children, as well as how to cope. It’s a really good cartoon.
this is such a good episode and im glad they tried to explain to children because they were just as much exposed to this reality as adults were