#1836 | Monday, September 9th 2002
On September 11, 2001 I was attending School of Discovery in Selma, Alabama. That day started off as usual.
On the radio I had heard that President Bush was in Florida (It had something to do with education). I got ready for school and left home. Once I got to school, roll and morning procedures were done like all other school days.
I asked my homeroom if I could check out books from the library. When I got to the library horror was already on the news. A commercial aircraft had deliberately rammed into a tower in New York City the building was in gulped in flames. I was very confused,I had never even heard of the World Trade Centers.
That day was the same day that I started sixth grade enrichment. Our class gathered the t.v was already on. Soon after we started watching a second
plane smashed into the second tower. This was like nothing I had ever seen not even in movies but, it was still as if I was watching an action packed movie. Now both buildings were flaming. Then suddenly I saw with my own eyes the first attacked tower collapse, just give way like air destroys a card pyramid. Then unbelievibily the last tower collasped leaving us breathless.

Frank E. Chestnut III | 12 | Alabama

#1794 | Monday, September 9th 2002
Hi, im a 12 year old girl from Australia my name is Kirsten and i have just recently been to America (You are al very nice people!!) and how nice the people over there are. I can't imagine the pain you guys felt all over the country. When i first saw it i was still awake at 11:00pm when it first aired on Australian television. AS soon as i saw it my heart broke. so i am feeling for so bye.
Luv Kirsten

Kirsten | 12 | Australia

#1773 | Sunday, September 8th 2002
On September 11, 2001, I got ready for school and got on the bus like every other day, but I did not know what America, my fellow school mates and I were in for. When I got to school I went to my locker, chatted with a few of my friends and went to my social studies teacher's room. That week we were doing our CTBS testing. We began our testing like the day before, but it would not be the same at all.
I was on Math Section B: question 14, when all of a sudden my teacher's cell phone rang. It was her sister. I was in the third row back: around ten to twelve feet away, and I could still hear her sister screaming into the phone, "A plane crashed into a building!"
My teacher turned on the tv and turned it to the news. She told us all to stop and watch the tv. It sounded pretty weird to have your teacher tell you to stop testing and watch tv. I figured it must be really important so I did.
My teacher told my friend to go to the teacher next door and tell her to turn on the news and to tell her it is important. My teacher called the principal and told him what had happened because we were the only people in the intire building that knew about it. About the time she hung up the phone the second plane hit, and I saw it. My teacher told us that if we needed to go out in the hallway that we could. No one did. They were fixed on the tv. Looking at it in horror. A couple of girls began to cry.
The principal came on the announcments and told all of the teachers to turn on their tv's. As soon as he did that all you could hear was the news broadcasts. He came on the announcements and said that if anyone wanted to call their parents that they could and that their parents could come and pick them up.
The next bell rang and everyone ran to their next classes not wanting to miss any news. No one in my class even brought their books to class. The teacher was standing out in the hallway. Without her permission one of the kids turned on the tv. We heard about the plane hitting the Pentagon and then about the plane crashing in Pennslvania. The two boys sitting next to me, my two friends, the boys who said they never cry, were crying. I began to cry as well.
The lunch bell rang, but nobody left. We were all still watching the tv. Finally, my friend wispered to me, asking me if I wanted to go to the cafeteria with her. I gladly accepted.
The rest of the day was basically tv. Until science class where my idiot teacher would not let us watch it. He even gave us homework, nobody did it.
Finally, it was time to go home. The principal announcad that there would not be any after school activitys and that everyone was to ride the bus home unless their parents were coming to pick then up. The bus ride home was extremely quiet. When I did get home I turned on the tv immediately and watched the 7th building fall to the ground. I heard a huge bang that shook my entire house. I immediately thought that we had been bombed. I decided to go outside. I looked around and saw a plane flying south and two smaller planes flying beside it. The president was flying over my house. They were breaking the sound berrior and that is what made the huge bang.
I went back inside and saw the vidoes of the people begging the people in the next building to help them and the videos of the people jumping out of the World Trade Centers. Then I got sick. I could not stand to see someone falling to their death.
September 11,2001 was the day that changed my life.

Whitney O. | 12 | Indiana

#1716 | Saturday, September 7th 2002
I got to school and I saw my teatcher sitting on a desk,crying a little, "Good morning Mrs.Amend" I said. She didn't answer.I looked and all I saw was planes and smoke.My friend had told me her uncle might be dead because he woked at the WTC. My other friend had two friends dided in the Pentagon.No one of my family died but I am verry sad for the people who lost loved ones. In Mexico ther was a attack where my aunt works. I was scared.Well we had two prayer servics at school. In class we had a thing called comunity circl, we had it all day. My friends brother is in the marriens and she and her cousin were crying verry hard. To all the people who died on September 11 you are on our hearts. :(
Xochitl Segura | 12 | California

#1643 | Monday, September 2nd 2002
September 11th, 1989 was when I was born. September 11th, 2001 was when it happened. I couldn't beleive my eyes. I was really excited for school because everyone promised they would sing me happy birthday the whole day through. I was getting ready for school when my aunt called. She told my mom to turn on the news. As I was getting ready I walked past the tv and saw it! I was amazed, it reminded me of the movie Independence Day. I was glued to the tv. I couldn't take my eyes off of it. It was so sad. and took me and my family by shock. I didn't realize the time but I was late for school so I was rushing to get ready and stopping every time I passed the tv just to see what else has happened. I went to school, hearing everybody talk about it. I over heard boys saying they would have to join the army(not quite sure what would happen and how bad it was) I got lucky. My friends still sung happy b-day to me the whole day. I was lucky enough to not be forgotten. I am looking forward to my b-day this year but I know it won't be the same!!!
Marissa Cravens | 12 | California

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