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Local Students' Homework Shut Down by Shutdown

By Heather Mathis
By hmathis@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON Tenn.- A group of 11th grade students at Jackson Central-Merry were unable to finish a project on Thomas Jefferson, after the website they were using to research was shutdown Tuesday.

U.S. History teacher, Trista Havner, says her students were asked to look at the Library of Congress' website for their homework.

"I never thought about it," Havner said. "I never thought it would trickle down so far that the students were unable to research."

Havner used the shut down homework as a teaching moment with students.

"Being a teen and in high school we don't think about how the government is affecting us," junior Sahim Annamer said.

"I heard about the government shutting down, but I didn't think it would impact my life," surprised Maurice Jackson told 7 Eyewitness News.

Havner said the lesson now is the importance of staying informed.

"It will make them a better citizen and a more informed voter," Havner said.

The students will still finish their homework on Thomas Jefferson, they are just using different websites to research.