#2338 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I am 16 years old and on that unbeleviable day i. Went to school like always not reliasing that not only was my life going to change but the life of every american was to be altered forever. I remember sitting in one of my classes when my principal came over the loud speaker the twin towers have been hit america has just been attacked. Everybody shut up.......
for a full minute we stared at each other to stunned to speak. Then everybody exsploded into conversation all saying the same things asking the same questions. Why?! Who?! When?! My principal came once agian over the speaker telling us to go to our next class telling us we would be updated when he knew what was going on.
In a blind panic i ran to my one safe place in school the writing center where i found a cluster of teachers among them mrs. ashenfelter my hero watching the news on one of the computers. I watched the second plane slam into the second tower(the first plane having already hit the tower while i was in class)I turned to mrs. ashenfelter and said i dont understand whats going on! We held each other as more news poured in towers,pentagon, thousands of people dead hudreds more missing. Ive never been more scared in my intire life. So on that terrible day i was sitting in school bored and wishing something would happen and god help us something did.

samantha johnson | 16 | Ohio

#2322 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
September 11, 2001. I was a senior at a magnet high school in San Antonio, and while the district didn't even allow its schools to acknowledge what had happened over the announcement and had put a ban on watching tv's for the day, every room in my small high school was tuned to CNN. People were on cell phones, trying to contact their family and friends in New York City. Teachers and students were comforting one another, and praying together.

I was in a state of shock. I never thought that during my life time I would bear witness to such horrific tragedy; that one day my children will ask me where I was on that day. I lost a very dear friend, who had been working at his internship in the second tower. His memory and the memory of everyone who died in the attacks will forever be remembered and honored.

The world will never be the same.

Kelly | 16 | Texas

#2290 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I remember being in school and hearing all the rumors about a "jet" had crashed into some building. But I had no idea of the details. I figured it was just a horrible plane crash. Never in my wildest dreams had I thought of it being something of this magnitude. When I entered my Art room my teacher had on the radio listening. Everyone was talking so it was hard to make it out. Than she ran and got a television so we could see exactly what was happening. When I saw this humungous hole in the side of the twin towers it felt as if my jaw hit the floor. I was in such shock, but I still figured someone had just lost control of the plane, I didn`t even think of it being terrorism. A little before fourth period I heard the news that the Pentagon had been hit and that a plane had crashed in Pennsylvania. That was when the news started talking about how this could be terrorism. As I entered my math class (fourth period) my teacher had the television on watching it. Right then I saw the second plane crash into the second tower. Not much later they announced that we would be going home.
I remember my Foods teacher being in tears and just wanting to cry myself. Many people around me were not truly thinking of the magnitude of what had just happened. All they were doing was cheering because we were getting out. That really angered me. I just wanted to go home and make sure that everyone I loved was safe and sound, as well as their loved ones.
I find it sickening that someone can do something like this. And it`s so scary that we cannot protect ourselves against something like this that we thought. My thoughts and prayers are with the families today and everyday.

Nicole | 16 | Maryland

#2230 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
When the attacks occured, I was in the 10th grade. I was getting ready to leave my first class, Computer App, when the first plane hit the WTC. I was in a state of shock. Most teachers and students kept their eyes glued to the TV for rest of the school day.
Amber Chambers | 16 | North Carolina

#2217 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
I remember on my way from picking up my carpool, I heard on the radio that a plane crashed into the first World Trade Center. I assumed that it was maybe an accident, but then I heard that the second tower was also hit. I went to school and it was all anybody could talk about. We had our first two classes and then homeroom. My homeroom advisor brought in the television and we watched the news. Our dean made an announcement over the P.A. and said that we were to be sent home. Everyone started using their cell phones to call home to be picked up. After I was picked up, I went with my mom to pick my sister and her friends. At home, my family and I continued to watch the news about the terrorist attacks. It was sad to see the people running away and then the rescue workers were trying to save people. At night before I was going to bed, I said a little prayer to take care of those who died and for those trying to save others.
Trisha | 16 | California

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