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White House Discusses bin Laden Killing With Students

The White House and Discovery Education discussed Osama bin Laden's death with students.

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Discovery Education and the White House hosted a unique webinar Thursday on Osama bin Laden's death.

Ben Rhodes, White House deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, spoke for 15 minutes about the operation that killed bin Laden, then allowed questions from students and teachers. The webinar was designed to inform middle and high school students, many of whom were very young when the 9/11 attacks occurred.

Students asked why bin Laden wasn't captured, why he was buried at sea, and what DNA the government was able to compare his with to identify the body, according to an Education Week blog post.

U.S. military forces killed bin Laden, head of terrorist group Al-Qaeda, around 1 a.m. Pakistan Standard Time Monday morning in Abbottabad, Pakistan. His body was buried at sea shortly thereafter, according to Muslim beliefs.

[Read suggestions for teaching students about 9/11.]

Discovery Education, which provides digital resources to teachers and students, is affiliated with the Discovery Channel. It holds webinars on a variety of topics; earlier this year, television personalities like Jeff Corwin and Bill Nye taught students about energy conservation and endangered species for Earth Day.

The White House webinar will be available for download within the next few days.

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