ST. LOUIS - People around the city were keeping a close watch on the former FBI Director’s testimony. Today, we stopped in, at one watch party where high school students shared what's on their minds.
"I'm just thinking about how strange this is - these unique circumstances we live in, where you have the president accused of this thing and then we have to have these hearings in front of the American people,” said Reece Ellis, a participant in the Civitas non-profit educational program.
As former FBI director James Comey fielded questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee, Metro area high school students listened and analyzed. Students watched the hearing in its entirety, also checking to see the conversation on social media.
"The fact that you can just go on Twitter and find out what's going on, that's just eye-opening to me," said Kaitlyn Barefield, another Civitas participant.
"I think that the idea of seeing it unfiltered is really important to be able to take it all in and then make assessments based on primary information,” said Arthur Lieber, the director of Civitas.
These students were joined by others around the city and county checking in on the latest headlines, many opting to watch on the big screen.
"This is an important watershed in Washington and in our country,” said Kevin Furlong, who was watching the testimony from Kingside Diner, in the Central West End.
For the Civitas views, they say it’s great to watch altogether.
"You can better analyze it when you're around other people and you have discussions about it," said Civitas Participant, Malawyka Walton.
"As Abraham Lincoln said, the most important thing is to stay together as a union and I think it's important to remember in times like this," Barefield added. She said whether you’re on the left or the right, it’s important to stand as a united front.
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