Nikki Chesnut Oregon

Dear Future President of 2017

This letter is about terrorist problems and how they should be fixed.

Dear Future President of 2017,

The big problem is terrorism; there is an overabundance of terrorism reports all over the United States. There are school shootings and bombings, which are the main acts of terrorism happening today. This poses as a big problem for the citizens in our country, the children, and the innocent lives that are taken. You should fix this by, making it a priority that the FBI monitor people and what they say on the internet or if they are looking up things that could lead to terrorist attacks like “homemade bombs”.

For example, back in 2013, the high school I attend, West Albany High School, had a serious bomb threat. He almost got away with it, if it wasn't for someone speaking up. KOIN News reported in response to this incident, “An Oregon teenager accused of building bombs and plotting an attack on his high school in Albany has admitted to the charges in juvenile court.” When a school is getting bomb threats from its own student body is when the issue becomes a much bigger problem because now they want to hurt their own peers and their teachers. Terrorism is not a joke and should not be taken lightly.

There are so many stories about terrorism, and this is a serious problem that needs to be taken care of. Lauri S. Friedman wrote a book called Terrorist Attacks. In the book, there is a chapter called How Serious Is the Problem of Terrorism?. It states, “According to the U.S. State Department, there were 11,111 incidents of terrorism worldwide in 2005, killing, injuring, or kidnapping 74,087 people.” (Friedman, 22). That is a lot. Think about the fact that it is someone's kid, maybe someone's mom or dad, sister or brother, someone's husband or wife who is affected. To think that someone planned these attacks out and is going through with it is scary.

Along with terrorists, there are teenagers involved in terrorist attacks. A teen just ruined people's lives and his or her own life. Over the years, teenager suicide bombing has been growing. According to a book called Terrorist Attacks by Lauri S. Friedman, “In 2001, 27 teenage suicide bombings; 2002, 54 teenage suicide bombings; 2003, 102 teenage suicide bombings; and in 2004, 200 teenage suicide bombings.” (Friedman, 76). It’s horrible that minors are even getting involved in the act of terrorism. Where are their parents? They should be monitoring their kids. Kids can get in horrible trouble, but this tops them all. The FBI should priorities this in their job.

Terrorism is a serious problem that is horrible and traumatic. Therefore, it needs to be fixed. No one should have to go through a terrorist attack. Any survivors would agree that a traumatic event like this needs to be taken care of. Therefore the you should make it a priority for the FBI to monitor people and what they search. Thank you.

-Nikki C.