#1549 | Thursday, August 15th 2002
I'd been up at a quarry all day working on my geog coursework with the rest of the class then I went to my after school activity and my dad picked me up at about 5:30 it wasn't till i got home at 5:40 that I found out that the two towers had been hit by planes and had collapsed - I spent the rest of the evening watching the news
deb | 16 | United Kingdom

#1534 | Monday, August 12th 2002
Where was I when I first found out? I was standing around a baby grand piano singing "The Piano Man" with my friends while on a break from Drama class. My best friend told me, her original information had relayed that it was the WTC in the Baltimore Harbor, not in NYC. My mom works at the Pentagon. She was at a conference in Orlando. But I didn't remember this. I didn't believe my best friend. I thought it was some sick joke. I went down to the end of the hall, where some friends had a radio. I told them' they didn't believe me. They laughed. And then they turned on the radio. And all i heard was screaming coming from that little black box. And I collapsed. How could this happen? I called my mom, frantically trying to get a hold of her. Cell phones aren't allowed in our school, so the vice pricipal tried to send me to the office. Even she didn't know. My mom had been in a session at her conference. She didn't know. I had to tell her over a cell phone.
My English teacher wouldn't let us watch the news in class. She made us write letters to colleges. She sent me to guidance for yelling at her and crying during class. I spent the rest of the day there. I was staying with a friend's family and her mom showed up at school to take us home early. The elementary and middle schools never told the kids what was going on. Her little brother and sister had no clue. How do you tell a 6 year old what happened?
I fell asleep in front of the tv that afternoon. That night, we battled with watermelon seeds. We did our homework. We straightened our hair. We tried to be normal, but it wasn't normal. It was all wrong.

Kathryn | 16 | Maryland

#1511 | Wednesday, July 31st 2002
I was in a psych hospital for attempted suicide. I was the only patient awake and the staff was f;ipping through the channels and I saw that the first tower had been attacked. I really didn't think anything of it but then the second was was attacked and all the staff started freaking out. They let us watch for a while, but right after the first tower fell they decided it would upset us to keep watching what was going on. Not a fun day for anybody.
Sam | 16 | Indiana

#1501 | Saturday, July 27th 2002
i was at home swiching chanells, when i arived to cnn i sow the 1 of the wtc in fair,i was shoked by wats hapened and then the 2'n plane come and its was clear that that's was terorist atack.

adam | 16 | Israel

#1478 | Tuesday, July 16th 2002
I was in 2nd period when we heard that a plane had crashed into the WTC. We all thought it was a joke and didn't think much of the situation. However, about 15 minutes later we learned that the Pentagon and the other twin tower had been attacked. We all became numb and very confused. I'll never forget the looks on my classmates' or teacher's face. God Bless America.
Amanda | 16 | Ohio

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