Thousands of PSU Students Celebrate Osama bin Laden's Death

By Karen Araiza
|  Monday, May 2, 2011  |  Updated 4:33 AM EDT
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Jake Kaplan took this picture as Penn State students celebrated in the streets after learning the U.S. killed Osama bin Laden.

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Thousands of Penn State students celebrated in the streets overnight as the news of Osama bin Laden's death spread.

"It was incredible," said Jake Kaplan, an Ardmore native who graduated from Lower Merion High School in 2008.

Kaplan and his roommate waited first to hear the President's speech and then headed toward Beaver Canyon, the center of town in State College.

"And as we walked downtown, every minute, more and more people started coming. I've never seen it like that."

Jake snapped a picture of the crowd and posted it on his Twitter account because his mom told him @LukeRussert was looking for photos. 

"There were a lot of USA chants. A lot of music playing. People were singing the National Anthem and Born in the USA."

For so many students, it was the second defining moment of their lives connected to bin Laden.

"I mean it's one of those moments we all remember. We were in sixth grade at the time [of 9/11]. We were old enough to remember exactly where we were when it happened. I'm sure we'll all remember this night too."

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