#1265 | Thursday, May 9th 2002
I was sleeping over my grandmas house, and she woke me and my brother up about 5pm, I didn't know what was going on until I saw the crash, thats when I really woke up. After the reaction, I was so scared to go to school, but I had to, and while in school I was afraid of the same thing happening while I was at school, and at the time, no place was safe.
Jazmin | 15 | Hawaii

#1255 | Monday, May 6th 2002

On 9/11 i was at home sleeping still yet and then when i woke up at around 6:30 a.m. Hawaii time. When i went to the living room i turned on the t.v. and put it to the news. when i put it on the news and they had said that the pentagon and Twin Tower had been hit. Then i got real shock. I asked my antie that "did you know what just happen a while ago" then she said "what" then i said that "the pentagon and the Twin Tower has been hit by these plane" Then when i got to school the half of the school were talking about it and I ask my teacher "did you just hear what happen then she said "I did" Then when i was in my class my teacher had ask all my class mates if we would like to hear more about the twin tower and the pentagon then we all siad yes. So then two of my class mates work the t.v. because our teacher did not know how to work on it. So then when they got to work the t.v. we all have seen how the twin tower had crashed because they keep on repeating how it had happen. So once I've seen everything i felt so scared because how would i know, if I had loss someone even thow i didn't know that person probably it could be my long lost relative. I feel so sad and depressed what happen and now our world had change a whole lot because of this whole terrorism. All i would like to say that those people who lost their love ones , I am here helping them and always thinking of them and that be stong and keep on praying that this terrorism will come in to an end and that all of us will always be United as One!!!. !!! God Bless America!!!

Karen D. | 16 | Hawaii

#1246 | Thursday, May 2nd 2002
On the morning of September 11th,I was woke up by a phone rang.I started to get up tob answer the phone and it was my older brother in North Carolina. He started with a confuse question that I didn't know about it.He said,are you guys watching the news? It's the world trade center in New York.So i turned on the tv with a confuse mind.But I was socked when I saw the world trade center got ruined. And all I can see is smoke coming out of the twin towers.But I'm sad for all those who works in the world trade center, and all those who was in the plane. But my love goes out to those who have lost their love ones and families also. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!
Kalea Papali'i | 17 | Hawaii

#1243 | Wednesday, May 1st 2002
The first time that I heard of the WTC (twin towers) being attacked was that morning maybe around 7:45 a.m., Hawaii time. I was on my way to school and I heard it on the radio. I wasn’t really sure he really meant when he was describing what had happened, so I was really confused. I didn’t believe it until later because the station that I listen to usually plays jokes here and there. My English teacher was the one who had made it clear of what happened. I got the picture and I felt traumatized. I thought of the people who had died and how fast their lives got taken away from them. What was worse was that she said that their next target might be Pearl Harbor. Our school, Waipahu High neighbors Pearl Harbor so I kind of panicked. I was also alert of anything that flew in the air.
When I came home that afternoon, every channel I turned to was on the attack. My family was watching it and they all had the same reaction. They weren’t sure of what was going on either, so I explained to them. It was such a horrific thing to watch and every time that I watched it, no matter how many times I still felt the same amount of shock, worry, and disbelief. Now I feel much safer because of the new laws that came out due to the terrorist attack. The chances of a terrorist hi-jacking a plane is much slimmer. One more thing, “GOD BLESS AMERICA!!”

Gretchen T. | 15 | Hawaii

#1242 | Wednesday, May 1st 2002
On the morning of September 11, I woke up to the telephone ringing at around 5:45am-6:00am Hawaii time. My mom was on her way to work and she called the house. She told me to wake my sister up and turn on the TV. She then told us to watch the news. When we turned the TV on, there was nothing but news on every channel! We were like, "What's happening?!" My mom then said we had to watch the news and to check if we still had school. The news reported that the WTC was crashed and also part of the Pentagon. I didn't have much knowledge of the WTC at the time and I didn't know the effects of it on the U.S. and the world. I was getting confused on what was really happening and asking myself if thios was real or was I still asleep having a nightmare. I learned more and more that it was a terrorist attack and somehow bin Laden was the one to blame. I was very sad in a way and still angered that they were doing it to my country, our country.
We kept the TV on while we ate breakfast and althrough the morning until we were off to school. At school, everybody was somber. They weren't as loud as they usually were talking about their own personal lives and their own problems. They were all talking about the events that had just occured in New York and at the D.C. Everyone was in a state of shock, kids our age hasn't ever been through anything this devastating, we didn't really know how to react but just to take it in at first. On that day, I felt as if my friends, the kids and staff around us, and everyone attending our school came together to really grieve for our own nation at its worst. In my first and third period, I didn't do much work because our teachers let us watch the news to better understand what was really happening to our country.
The days and months after 9/11 was filled with watching the news for countless hours, a short break from tennis and any other extra-curricular activities to show our compassion to this event, and lots and lots of the American flag. Patriotism spread throughout the nation and it was very inspiring in a way saying that the U.S. wasn't beaten. People may have lost job, their relatives, and lots of money, but their pride for their country has risen to unknown heights and that's what really made me happy from this event. I'm not saying it was good that we were terrorized, just that some outcomes brought out the better side of people knowing that life is short for both you and me, so let's spend the time together while we can.

Jeanie Aguilo | 15 | Hawaii

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