DALLAS –– At Skyline High School, the teens have no personal memory of President Kennedy’s assassination. They weren’t alive. They don’t know how it felt, but sitting in the back of one classroom, teacher Candace McAfee does.
“I don’t think you could ever forget that moment. Ever,” she said.
McAfee was the age of her Skyline students in 1963.
“My mom asked ‘do you want to go see the President?’ and we said ‘Mom, it’s raining and we’re Republicans.'"
She ended up watching the coverage that day, just as her students did 50 years later. Her class watched News 8's original broadcast coverage of the assassination in school Friday afternoon.
“When you’re 17, you don’t think of those things,” said McAfee.
For her, the emotion comes flooding back. But her class sees the events of that day through their own filters.
“The way that he was killed…I just don’t know why you would come in to Dallas in a convertible,” said Senior Janie Leyva, questioning the safety of the President’s mode of transportation.
Junior Stephen Milliken commented on how journalists covered the event.
“Communication was slow. And the confusion that was around…definitely different,” he said.
Carla Cardenas is a Senior, who feels the world lost Kennedy at a crucial time.
“We were going through a time of change, he was trying to execute that change. And to see him being assassinated we were left with what ifs,” she said.
Even though they weren’t there, they’re learning the impact that moment had on the world. And that is what’s important to the people who lived it.
“I hope they take away that even though bad things can happen we don’t have to let the ideals and dreams that the president had die with that event,” said McAfee.