9/11 — Where were you?
I was a junior in high school in Dallas, Texas.
My first class of the day was Theology III. I sat next to my friend, Megan. Our teacher had barely finished passing out our Buddhism tests before the Academic Dean ran into the classroom and turned the television on. At that point, all we knew was a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center in New York. Many of us had never heard of the WTC before. A message was relayed to the entire school over the intercom. I think we said a brief prayer.
There wasn’t much instruction in school that day. We were locked onto the news. No one knew what was going on. I remember jotting down times and trying to see if there was a mathematical pattern to the attacks. One classmate’s father was in NYC that day on business. She was unable to get in touch with him but later learned he was safe.
By that afternoon’s Spanish III class, the news channels cut to scenes of celebration in the Middle East. One hawkish classmate was ready to fly halfway around the world to dole out indiscriminate payback. Another classmate told him to shut up because he was 15 and didn’t know what was going on or who did it.
I remember waiting with friends at the circular driveway for our parents to pick us up. I remember the silence. No one spoke unless they had to. The skies were perfectly still. It was very eerie.
I went home with Jeff to work on Physics homework. We bought a newspaper every day that week.
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- tiiigerstyle answered: I was home sick from school. I woke up after the planes had hit, but I watched the news for the rest of the day with my mom.
- missclass answered: 2nd grade. The teacher turned the TV on. I didn’t really understand what was going on, but I told my friends to shut-up and watch the TV.
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