An American Teen In Iraq

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Media, The World

No, he’s not a terrorist.

He’s all alone and the AP reports

As a junior this year at a Pine Crest School, a prep academy of about 700 students in Fort Lauderdale, Hassan studied writers like John McPhee in the book “The New Journalism,” an introduction to immersion journalism â€â€? a writer who lives the life of his subject in order to better understand it.

Diving headfirst into an assignment, Hassan, whose parents were born in Iraq but have lived in the United States for about 35 years, hung out at a local mosque. The teen, who says he has no religious affiliation, added that he even spent an entire night until 6 a.m. talking politics with a group of Muslim men, a level of “immersion” his teacher characterized as dangerous and irresponsible.

The next trimester his class was assigned to choose an international topic and write editorials about it, Hassan said. He chose the Iraq war and decided to practice immersion journalism there, too, though he knows his school in no way endorses his travels.

“I thought I’d go the extra mile for that, or rather, a few thousand miles,” he told The Associated Press.

And did he make it? Of course…

Using money his parents had given him at one point, he bought a $900 plane ticket and took off from school a week before Christmas vacation started, skipping classes and leaving the country on Dec. 11.

His goal: Baghdad. Those privy to his plans: two high school buddies.

Wow…the kid certainly has some…uh…courage.

Definitely read the whole thing.


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2 Responses to “An American Teen In Iraq”

  1. BrianOfAtlanta Says:

    Reminds me of the old adage “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” He’s one very lucky (to still be alive) kid, albeit with a great story.

    So, when he’s grown and has his own kids, he’ll probably have to get his wife to tell them to not play in the street. I mean, if I were his kid I’d just say “Well, at least I’m not doing it in a war zone, Dad!”

  2. Cas Says:

    Good job.

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