#602 | Wednesday, January 2nd 2002
I'm a 17 year old junior in high school, and I live in Pittsburgh. I was at my 4th period gym class when a whole group of teachers and staff members went in and told everybody in my class to take a seat against the back wall of the room. I couldn't figure out what the heck was going on, I thought we were in trouble or something. Then one of the teachers said to us, "Do all of you know about terrorists"? Me and most of the other kids said yes. Then one of the teachers suddenly said, "terrorists just crashed planes into the world trade centers and the pentagon. I was totally shocked beyond disbelief. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. It took me a while to realize that they weren't making this up and that it was true. At the same time, my dad was on a business trip in Washington D.C. I was so worried about him that I had to call my mom at home to make sure he was ok. I go to two different schools during the same day, and when I caught my bus at 12:15 to go to my other school, we rode on the highways through downtown Pittsburgh and the entire city was completely desolate and empty because it had been evacuated. This was just like a movie, I couldn't believe it was actually happening. Then when I got to my other school, they were showing the news footage of the twin towers being hit, and then collapsing, over and over again. I listened to what was going on on my Walkman the whole way home. Then when I got back into my house me and my mom watched the news for hours. I watched it on TV for the rest of the day and stayed up all night watching it too. I'll never forget that terrible, horrifying day as long as I live.

Mark Hirschman | 17 | Pennsylvania

#585 | Sunday, December 30th 2001
i was in a first scouts activity as a guide,in isaerl and i heard about it on the radio... its felt like the end of the world is coming
s.b | 17 | Israel

#584 | Saturday, December 29th 2001
Where was I on September 11, 2001 I was in school sitting in my second hour. When a worker at the school came into my class and told us to turn on CNN. When I seen the First Tower after it was hit and I was shocked and terrified. I live in Romulus, Michigan and my school is very close to the airport I was scared that the school would get hit or something. Soon the bell rang and I was going to my 3rd hour I soon seen the second tower get hit and I was shocked then weeks later I hadn't heard anything more about the towers or the families. I am scared more then anything then I heard a song by Alan Jackson Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning. It was shocking to hear a song that said everthing that was going on and how I was feeling.
April | 17 | Michigan

#580 | Friday, December 28th 2001
On September 11th 2001, I was beginning another normal day at my high school. After 1st hour one of my friends told me that something happened at the WTC. I was the only one to know about what happened in my 2nd hour, and I was telling everybody, then the principal came on the PA and told the whole school about what happened. Most of the teachers were in tears, and me along with my fellow students just felt numb from the anger and fear of what was to come. Unfortunately my 3rd hour was gym class, and because most gym teachers are heartless, we were forced to do normal activities anyway. The rest of the day we just grieved. They should have let us go home early. But they didn't. I didn't even see the footage until I got home. I just couldn't believe it. I started to cry when I realized there were babies and children on the planes. I was so moved by the heroism of the firefighters and police running into the WTC when people were running out. I have heroes in the sports world that I look up to, but we witnessed true heroism on 9/11/01. I wear a FDNY hat everyday now, showing my appreciation. On September 11th, I was in for a normal day, but it turned out to be a day I shall never forget.
Kevin | 17 | Wisconsin

#557 | Friday, December 21st 2001
Right now I am in school, it's my senior year and we are researching info for our public policy papers we have to wright. September 11th 2001...I was here in school. It was third period and I walked into study hall to see one of the towers in flames on CNN. I didn't know what had happened...then came forth period. I work in the office that period and all the staff stood staring at the TV. Then I was standing there..observing the fear in everyone's eyes. I looked back at the TV and seen the 2nd plane hit. " What the HELL is going on!" I yelled as all the staff looked at me. I leave the office to take a walk when I see my friend Scott in the other Office crying because his sister works right next to the towers. Weeks after I cried my eyes out, not because I was scared but because I couldn't even imagine all the mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, who will never see there loved ones again. Fathers kissed their little girls before work that day not knowing that day would be their last. It's going to be four months since it happened...yet it seems like yesterday. And this christmas the victims loved ones won't be spending it with them. Sick bastards in this world...too many for that matter. And growing up in it is a challenge in it self. I don't know what else to say...because what I say it probably what everyone else has said already.
Stephanie R. | 17 | New York

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