#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

#586 | Sunday, December 30th, 2001
I first heard of what was happenings on September 11 when I was at school during my third hour class. I walked into the classroom just like a regular day and my teacher had the TV on, and the horrifying pictures were just coming in. I didn't think it was real, and once I knew it was, I just couldn't believe it was happening. Who ever thought that something like this would happen to the United States!

God Bless those who lost their lives that day, and God Bless America!
Tom | 18 | Michigan

#587 | Sunday, December 30th, 2001
On September 11, 2001 I was sitting in my 2nd period class at North Forsyth High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I teacher came into our History class and told us of what had occurred. My heart leaped. Not with sorrow or pain...but with joy. Why joy? This was a very pure moment, where no one had enough information to draw conclusions or real opinions of the situation--the media hadn't leapt down anyone's throat with their propaganda. The World Trade Center had been bombed...what did that mean? That's all I remember contemplating...I didn't even link what had happened to people. I saw the World Trade Center as a beast...an icon of capitalism, and capitalism being the poison pumping through every Americans' veins. The beast had been wounded. I actually wrote this on a message board: "I for one had a huge smirk on my face when they broke the news to me(and no, I'm not happy for the loss of lives). Today, in true sincerity, was pandemonium. Whether or not it is a plot by our own government (which is soooo classical and makes excellent sense), the events that are about to unfold as a result are going to mean so much, and I'm thrilled that the ball is finally rolling. The lethargic American spirit, and its mega-arrogance is the beast personified. And I'm glad to see it got it's kick in the nuts today." Boy...was I wrong. The only thing that has occurred so far is blind new-wave nationalism. No one is questioning anything, but simply becoming more apathetic. I fear of what will become of us. I hope that people learn to open their eyes before they destroy the world around them.
Crystal | 18 | North Carolina

#588 | Sunday, December 30th, 2001
At the time of the terrorist attacks I was at school. The teacher's knew about what happened as soon as it hit the news. They didn't tell us though. As soon as I got home and my mom told me what happened I felt really bad. But now when I really think about, it makes me feel different. All the lives that were lost, all the innocent people, all the families that will never see their loved ones again. My school and my soccer team are doing many money raising activities such as bake sales. That is how i feel about semptember 11th and I wish good luck to all our soldiers fighting in Afganastan.:-)
The events of 9-11-01 efected everyone in the U.S in some way. But we can't let that stop us. The U.S still stands strong and were gonna teach Bin Laden and his crew a lesson they'll never forget.
Deebs | 12 | New Hampshire

#589 | Sunday, December 30th, 2001
I am Australian, but on September 11 2001 I was in Italy as an exchange student. I remember I had arrived home from school and eaten lunch, and begun to watch a film on the television. Halfway through the film it was interrupted by a news broadcast with the image of the twin towers in flames. They told us that two planes had crashed into them. My first thought was, "How can two planes crash so close together at the same time?" I wondered if there had been an air display over New York and the planes had clipped each other and lost control. But this made little sense and I realised that it hadn't been an accident at all.
My inital reaction was excitement. This was something big that had never before been equalled, and I was watching it live. My host brother was supposed to be studying because he had exams but he came downstairs and watched the TV with the rest of us for about three hours. "These people want a WAR," he kept saying. In retrospect, I feel very sorry for that incredible number of people who died and for those who lost family members, and I realise how much is wrong in the world when hate can grow to such extents and when people can become so irrational as to kill in the name of religion, and I worry about the insensitivity of America that it didn't see something like this coming. On September 11, I was only excited by the thought, "What will happen next?"
Claire | 18 | Australia

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