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A Closeted Cuban Crisis

STORY BY: Debbie Williams
YEAR: 1962

Debbie and Earlene talk about being very scared young girls during the Cuban Missile Crisis. One day, a neighbour told them that at noon the next day, they would be sent home from school, and the Russians would begin to bomb Halifax. Earlene knew it was a lie, but Debbie believed her. Convinced she was going to die, Debbie refused to go bed, and locked herself in a closet. Her mother called Earlene, who came over with her father and talked her down. Debbie then makes a parallel with 9/11, wondering if any of her 6-year old students locked themselves in closets at that time too. Thanks for sharing, Debbie and Earlene.

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