#1755 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
I was at school when the first plane hit the world trade center. The bell had just rang and I was walking to class with one of my friends that I liked and before she went to her class and I to mine. I asked her to homecomming. I felt like I was a million dollars when she said yes, then I went into class. I walked in and everyone was glued to the television. The second plane had hit the tower.
Anderson | 16 | Texas

#1746 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
First Period- Spanish played it self out in a completely normal way. It was the last class I would ever take in a pre- 9/11 world.
Second period- English class goes as normal. There is no announcement made as the first tower is hit. However, just after the bell rings and I gather my things to leave class a student a year older than I rushes in and yells to the teacher, "Ms. Watkins, somebody just flew a plane into the World Trade Center." I proceed to World History believing the incident to be only a small private plane that accidently hit the buiding. I thought any casualties would be minor.
Third Period- I arrived to a classroom full of confused students. Stories had spread rapidly and were in many cases utterly false. It was said that armed helicopters had been attacking the Capital, that the National Mall was on fire, and even that enemy submarines had been firing missiles at New York City. Our teacher did little to comfort us. We were not allowed to talk about the incident or watch the television news. Instead, she lectured us on the Byzantine Empire.
Fourth Period- Our algebra teacher was in shambles. She did not say a word the entire period. She just sobbed at her desk as CNN brought me footage of the tragedy for the first time. At this point, no one was sure what was going on or who was responsible. Still not able to fully grasp the situation, my peers and I concocted adolescent revenge fantasies of assassinating Saddam Hussein or attacking Palestine. Though ridiculous and often brutal, I think these plots helped us to feel less helpless in a situation where we were unable to do anything.
Fifth Period- We are given a chemistry worksheet to complete but the TV is left on. Nobody does the worksheet. With such historic, horrific events unfolding in front of you, it is difficult to give a damn about oxidation numbers and balanced equations.
Lunch- The only topic of discussion is what is happening in New York and DC. We are still unsure as to what is going on. More revenge fantasies are debated.
Sixth Period- In Directed Study, a slacker class that resembles a loud and obnoxious form of study hall, we watch the news all period. Some do homework, I do not. I may have had some that day, but I do not recall doing it. By this point bin Laden's name had been mentioned by the media, and thus several raunchy cartoons featuring him were drawn by several students.
After School- My academic team practice had been cancelled. I went home and watched the news for hours. My mom decided at about 5:00 that we should go to the grocery store and wanted me to drive as a way of preparing for my upcoming driver's license test. I tried to rush the trip along so I could get home to the TV faster. The store was practically empty except for a few people stocking up and canned foods and bottled water. I suppose uncertainty is a great motivator for such things. After returning home I watched ABC news until midnight. If you ever see this, thank you Peter Jennings. You were phenomenal that night. I remember seeing you choke up on the air, and it helped to know that even a man so respected as yourself could cry unashamedly in front of millions. I cried along with you.

Travis Mushett | 16 | Georgia

#1743 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
+September 11th 2001+:

In England you are 5 hours ahead of New York (Eastern Time), so it was about 3.00 here, maybe a little bit before. I had to walk home that day, I thought it was a little strange because my dad sometimes picks me up on Tuesdays, the day the tragedy happened. When I arrived home, I put one foot in the door and heard my mum say ‘Sickening to even think anyone would want to do this’. I stopped in my tracks and wondered whet had happened. I walked into the living room and looked at my mum & dad, they both had tears in there eyes, I looked at the television and to see smoke pouring out of a skyscraper. At first I didn’t realize what had happened. So I said to my dad ‘What’s up’. He told me that the world trade centers in New York had been hit with two planes. They had both collapsed in the process. My mouth dropped and immediately started to cry. I sat down as my knees felt week. I saw a image of someone falling in mid air. I just couldn’t put my finger on why would someone do this. I broke down and thought of the people who had lost someone or those who had lost their lives. I couldn’t watch. So I left. As I left they also said that 2 other planes had crashed, but one crashed in a field, the passagers got control of the plane but it crashed. All night I thought about it. Why? Why would someone do this? I had nightmares that night, I just couldn’t get it off my mind. Even now, I still feel the pain.

Claire K | 16 | United Kingdom

#1723 | Saturday, September 7th 2002
On September 11 I was sitting in history class with all of the students eyes glued to the televsion. I was watching the tv for 50 mins. threw out the whole day all we heard was anouncments from the princple on what we were to do. the whole day went down in history. To me this day was a major tragdy to this country, wether it is to any other country or not it dosnt matter becuase it does to the US. All threw out the year in the morning before school starts we get to stand and salute our flag and country. From Sept 11, 01 till now i have never thought that this countrey could come alive we have gathered all together friends or not friends. The whole US has become the most loved place to be in the world and i am damn prode of it. I know for a fact that this country will never forget what happend to us on Sept 11 2001. Now at every event Football Basebal concerts anything all the people sitting there at the games chant U.S.A that is all this country does now it just amazes me on how well these people have come to love our country. God bless America
Jacob Pluedeman | 16 | Wisconsin

#1719 | Saturday, September 7th 2002
america will live! America will stay strong! that is all i herd after that day, That dredful day. On september 11 I woke up and that to my self thought I was the only one in the world to get hert. As i was getting reddy to go to school my dad called. He siad tern on the tv. I didnt pay atenshon to him becuse i was going to be late for school. When i got to school it was like one of the student'd died. I asked one of my frend's what's up?. He told me that a plane had hit the world trade centers. I thought he was kidding cuz he alway's dose that, but I knew something bad happend. When we walked into are classroom I looked at the tv, and there i saw it on live tv. The north towre of the world trade centers had fallen. people started crying. All day i coldent think about any thing but what had happend.when i got home I ternd on the tv. same thing on every chanel. thay were all talking about the plane's that hit the world trade center, pentigon, and pensselvania. later that day i saw bush talking about what had happend. That night are town had a pry servis for the people that died on 9/11.It was the werst day of my life.


Juan Deloera | 16 | California

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