MOBILE, Ala. - A page showing fire, severe weather, and flooding, all disasters that can have an impact on a family, especially children. All of these disasters were featured in a coloring book on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's website, designed to help children cope with disasters.
But one page has parents taking the colors away. It's an illustration of the World Trade Center Towers in New York. One of the towers has smoke coming out of it while a plane looks to be heading towards the other.
"They like to color happy pictures not pictures like that I don't think I would like to give my child these kids of pictures to color," said parent Brandy Greer.
Another parent, who was from New York, couldn't believe the scene was in something intended for such young minds. She said she thinks the picture might actually scare a child, since most might now understand the horror of 9/11.
"I think there could be better solutions, for a small child that's coloring. How would they color that to be honest? That's not something I'd put in a coloring book," she said.
She said if you feel your kids need to know about what happened the best way she can think of is how she handled it when 9/11 happened right in her backyard, "To talk to them, that's the best way to talk to them."
Just recently, the National FEMA site took the coloring book down. There are others that don't include anything with 9/11 still on the site.
FEMA officials released this statement:
"We removed the content from our website after reviewing http://www.FEMA.gov for appropriate material. FEMA for kids assists children in understanding disasters and we will continue to post appropriate material that supports its mission," said John Shea with FEMA.
"FEMA For Kids" not only includes the coloring books but also has stories from other kids who have gone through disasters, ways to put together a kids survival kit, and helpful activities kids can take part in.
The coloring book that included the page on 9/11 was created by the Freeborn County Crisis Response Team in Minnesota.
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