#488 | Monday, December 17th 2001
I was at school! 1st hour class! I'm in 8th grade and a kid went to take down the attendance sheet and he came back saying that everyone in the office was watching something about a plane crash. So they teacher next-door came in and told my teacher that a plane had hit the World Trade center! She turned on our TV and there was the news..on almost every chanel! And we all began to watch it while working on our spelling homework! Then We saw the other plane hit!! We were all kinda scared at the same time confused! So we watched the videos they had w/ ppl calling in and telling whats going on!
Then we went to 2nd hour and we werre watching it again but turned the sound off so we could work..but then we all saw the picture of the plane into the pentagon and turned the volume on to hear it all! We heard Bush's speech's and saw all the videos!
OUr classes were the only ones in the school to watch this because we are the oldest in the school and the teachers didn't want to scare the younger ones! but then the principal came to talk to the teachers and told them to turn it off because o few people were really starting to get scared!
So we went through the rest of the day not knowing whats going on ..but last hour..at about 2:00 pm My social studies teacher (3rd hour)...Everyone found out that both towers had fallen by then and she was out of the room..then when she came back in all the kids told her and she had fallen to her knees and started crying, we all relised how many people had died right then!
So our classes that week had got in touch with a school in New Jersey where 6 kids in the school had lost their dads! We gave many things to them to help, and are like school pen-pals!! I will always remember every detail about when i heard what happened and hope nothing liek that happens again!
If we believe in God, he will help!! God bless America and everyone who was involved in helping out at ground 0! i hope i can meet some of you someday and hear your story! I want to be just liek you when i grow up!!!

Kelly | 13 | Minnesota

#446 | Monday, December 10th 2001
On September 11th 2001 I was at school, I go to the Ballymena Academy in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. The first I heard of the attacks was on my bus home, at about 3:55 when a friend of mine said that The Pentagon had been bombed by terrorists, he knew this because out school librarian had seen it on the internet.
It wasn't until I got home that I realised the scale of the attacks. As I stepped into the house my granda said to my sister and I to turn on the television because "half of America has been blown up" as he put it. We turned on the T.V to see on nearly every channel these images of planes flying into the Twin Towers. Below there was a box saying 'Latest News - Terrorist Attacks On America'. It was very shocking, the sight on these massive buildings coming down, it is terrible to think how many people were inside them.
I then went to my nana and grandas house, just up the road form mine. I then watched in horror for the rest of the day and for the following days. It was terrbile.

James Thomas Carmichael | 13 | United Kingdom

#346 | Saturday, December 8th 2001
It was september 11,2001 i was at school. I went outside after we heard the news of a plane hitting the tower, so i went outside and looked. My teacher told me that it was a commuter plane, but i said no, no commuter plane can leave such a big hole in the building" so I was out there, then in the corner of my eye a United Airlines Boeing 767 was flying, so i said whys that plane going so fast, i heard the engine thrust increase. So i said Oh No! then it crashed and i saw a big fireball.
brian somaru | 13 | New Jersey

#282 | Saturday, November 24th 2001
i'll never forget where i was. study hall, third period. we were sitting talking about our first full week of school that started the day before when a teacher came in saying that the world trade center was on fire. (this was before anyone knew about the planes.) she added that the local CBS station had switched to the WTC live and we could go to the library if we wanted to watch what was happening. i will never forget when i came in. the chilling moment when i came in just as the second plane hit. that was when i knew something had happened. i just didn't know what would come next.

gail | 13 | United States

#259 | Sunday, November 18th 2001
i dont know why i am writing this probably to get some of my feelings out. because i thinik that it is easyer to write about these kinds of things than talk about them out loud. i think that this is a really horrible tragedy that happened i was in school when it happened i am in eighth grade and it just came to me as a shock. i couldnt believe it i was like no way that couldnt have happened. but then i watched the news and everything and then it just donned on me. everyone around me (especially the boys in my grade) were acting all matcho about it all and saying a whole bunch of stuff but i just truley wanted to break down and cry i was so scared. even though i dont live in new york or pensylvania or in maryland i was still scared because who knows what could of happened who knows what can still happen. i am still very scared about the whole thing. sometimes i just want to break down and cry. but then i think that you have to be strong in this type of thing you have to be there for other people who need you. dont get me wrong i cryed my eyes out me and my friends would get together and talk about it and have our little crying sessions and everything and it kind of helped. but in this time all everyone needs to do is be strong and keep there heads up. i know it is easyer to say than do and you are probably thinking oh what does she know shes just an eight grader. but please just try. thank you for listening. i feel a little better getting my feelings out like this.
tina | 13 | South Dakota

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