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Old 02-05-2009, 09:19 PM   #16
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On the morning of 9/11 I was a junior in high school.

I remember I was in my American History class when one of the VP's came to the door and pulled the teacher out of the room. About maybe 2 minutes later the teacher closed the door and said "If you guys believe in a God please pray to him right now."

We continued class for normally for about 5 minutes until there was an announcement on the loudspeak that an emergeny meeting will be held for the entire school in the gymnasium.

So class by class, everyone gathered in the gym. When all was there the principal said "This morning a plane crashed into the World Trade Center". No other details were mentioned other than that.

Eventually, the students were separated. Kids who lived out of state or in Manhattan were gathered in one area. Kids who had parents currently working in Manhattan went in one area. And the "extra" kids who were not directly related were in another area.


My father at the time worked in the city; however no where near where this went down. So I gathered with the kids who had parents working in the city. I then gave the administration my dad's work number.

About an hour later the entire school was dismissed and students were allowed to leave. Those who lived far or in Manhattan had to remain until they had someone come for them.



I still had no idea on what was going on just that a plane crashed into the World Trade Center. When I got home, I never forgot this, I saw my father smoking a cigar out on our front lawn. It turns out that he was late for work this morning and he went on the Xpress Bus that goes in the tunnel to Manhattan. The tunnel to the city was already closed by the time his bus got there so the bus turned around and dropped off everyone back in Brooklyn. My dad never went to work that morning.

So he was sitting there care free; reading the paper and cigar smoking as if it's a normal day. When he saw me he said "I guess the school had you dismissed huh? Yeah some crash at the towers. Oh well."


I went upstairs and turned on the tv and by this point both of the towers were already down. I stood in shock for a few minutes when I realized what happened. I then ran to my father and told him "Dad, the towers. They're gone. Like nothing. Completely destroyed." He went "Really?" and we both went inside to the tv.

After that I don't remember much, just that the phone kept ringing off the hook and we stood at the tv literally all day.

But I remember my father in the morning. So care-free as if nothing bad had happened; he didn't bother to check the severity on how bad the situation was. He was glad to relax and be home.

We didn't lose anyone close that day; which was good.
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I was on a commuter train going to work. First I heard the news in Spanish - at that time I was listening to a Spanish language radio station, then I turned the radio to the all-news station where I confirmed that my personal interpretation was correct - that an aircraft had slammed into one of the World Trade Center towers.

I arrived by 9 a.m. at work. One of my co-workers was crying hysterically because she learned she lost a cousin who worked in the WTC, and our office manager, my boss' wife, was crying because she lost a close friend who also worked there. By 9:30 a.m. Mayor Daley was ordering the entire downtown area evacuated because of a rumor that another plane was heading for Sears Tower. So we all went home. As for me - I stayed glued to the TV all day and all night and for the next couple of days I was in somewhat of a fog - so were a lot of other downtown Chicago workers!
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I was in the 9th grade and I remember the teacher across the hall coming into our classroom and telling our teacher to turn on the tv. I remember watching, but I really had no idea what was going on until I got home and talked to my parents about it.
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I was in 7th grade in my second period science class. I didn't know until I had gotten out of school because no one told us anything. My sister who was in elementary school was allowed to know, yet they wouldn't tell us. When my mom told me after I got out of school I was terrified. I thought it was World War Three and that we were all in danger. I freaked at all the planes I saw in the sky that day, especially being only five hours away from the city. I remember going to my aunts house after school like always and all of us watching the tv as planes were going by outside, scaring me even more. (there's an air force base in our city, so that's the reason for all of the planes)
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I remember when I woke up that morning, I heard on the radio (my clock-radio is tuned to an all-news station) that a plane had crashed into the world trade center, but I didn't think it was anything serious. But then I turned on the TV in my bedroom and all the stations had on a report about it,. It was then that I found out what happened. Then I went out in the living room and turned on CNN and just sat there transfixed by it all.

My brother-in-law was really upset by it all, since he works in Manhatten, and he knew a lot of people who worked in the twin towers at the time. In fact, he was telling us he knows some guys who had to carry a guy in a wheelchair down 40 floors!!! Being a wheelchair user myself, I can only imagine how frightened that guy must have been!!!
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I was asleep, when suddenly my mother, bursts into my bed, screaming, "it is worse than Pearl Harbor!!!". I was like, " What the hell!". So, I turned on the television, and saw the images on CNN of the first plane crashing into the World Trade Center.
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