#153 | Monday, September 24th 2001
I was in band class in high school. Teacher said he was shooken up and we all went down to the library to see the bone chilling images. It pains me to see the footage of the building crumbling over and over... incredible.
dan | 14 | Maine

#143 | Sunday, September 23rd 2001
September 11th 2001-
I was actually in World History the hour it happened. A teacher was going to every room telling the other teachers about it. Our teacher walked back into the classroom with a look on his face as if he had just seen a dead body. We all knew something was wrong, he wasn't supposed to tell us but he did anyways. At first I didn't realise what was going on. It didn't seem like such a big deal. I didn't realise how many people had lost their lives. For the whole class period ( 85 minutes ) we listened to the radio, to fill us in on what was going on. When the bell finally rang, I stepped out of the classroom and heard everyone yelling " We're gonna die!!! " It was really upsetting. I wanted to cry. Some people left school because of love ones who were in the towers.

When I got home that night, I turned on the TV & That's when I realised how serious it actually was. On every channel was live coverage. It was really sad, and upsetting. My thoughts go out to everyone that lost someone. America will move on though, although this will always remain a part of the past. Though we do need to move on, to prove the United States is truly UNITED.

Jessica Butler | 14 | Connecticut

#58 | Monday, September 17th 2001
All of our teachers told us that this was an event we'd remember for the rest of our lives-like the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

I was in fourth period gym class. It was an orientation day, and we were all huddled close in the bleachers talking with one another, I was wearing a Lucky Charms shirt and jeans, when that all-too familiar voice of our principle came on the speakers. We were expecting a message that would be irrelevant to us, something about Geology Club, or some other crazy club. His monotone-voice told us plain and simple; that there had been a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. I was shocked, but it had not quite settled in to me just what had happened. I could hear girls worrying about war, since we live in upstate new york, a ton of oh my god, oh no's, and immediately thinking it was something like the oklahoma city bombings. The bell rung, and i remember uneasily walking down the bleachers and to my locker to global studies. When I got there the lights were already dimmed and our santa-clausesque teacher had CNN on the tv, and was serious. It was so out of the ordinary that he was serious, but then again, so was this. I sat down in my seat, and my eyes were glued to the screen. I saw the pictures of the WTC, up in smoke. I heard the voice of Tom Brokaw, saying what had happened. I just looked at the screen with a blank stare, but i was in awe. I couldn't just comprehend what was happening. Then, i saw the first pictures of the Pentagon, immediately worrying about my sisters who lived around Washington DC. All of a sudden, i was incredibly scared.

I got home, and the door was opened for me and my mom asked me if i knew. I threw my backpack aside and watched the TV, just..i couldn't believe what was going on. And i guess, i sort of didn't. It wasn't until later that night when i had been online and saw people throwing themselves out of buildings, women crying and telling reporters what had happened, and the people asking others if they had seen this man or woman, i finally realized what had happened.

The same thoughts haven't left my head since then..mine or anybody's. Everyone was feeling weak, tired and sick at school, and still does.

For almost all of my life, I never understood patriotism--why we all had to care so much. But after these recent events, I finally do.

Maeve O'Hara | 14 | New York

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