In Nightmares and Anger, Children Pay Hidden Cost of 9/11

May 14, 2002

The first couple of weeks after the disaster, Calla Perkins was bursting with anger. She expressed her fury in ways she would regret. She sometimes hit and kicked her cats and dog. ”I’m so angry I don’t know what to do,” her mother, Laurel Emery, said Calla told her. When Calla, who is 8, walked past a sign advertising World Trade Center pictures, she would kick it.