8th Grade

Date Submitted: 09/11/2011
Author Info: Gracelyn (Toronto, ON - USA) 
Occupation: Sales/Marketing/Advertising
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

I was in class on September 11th, 2001. Our school had an open concept floor plan, and all of the teachers started going from class to class whispering. All of the students were confused, but thought nothing of it. They rolled the TVs into some of the classes and turned them on for all of us to see. As we were watching the news, they were explaining what was happening. We were all sad and scared, and were all worried that Toronto would be attacked next. I remember them basically freaking out because they didn’t know what to do with us and they were on high alert. Many of the teachers who understood what was happening were crying. Teachers and students with family in New York were especially distressed. At 13 years old, I wasn’t entirely sure what was happening. I didn’t necessarily know what a terrorist was or why they would target the World Trade Towers in New York. However, we saw the towers fall over and over again and we saw the horrible images of people jumping out of the buildings. We watched the people at the bottom of the tower in shock and running in terror for their lives. We saw people crying and injured. You didn’t have to understand what was happening to see all the loss and tragedy. Both Canada and the United States really came together that day to help with all of the chaos. It was truly a very sombre experience and although I did not experience any personal loss, my heart still goes out to all the families who lost loved ones. Ten years later, those images still bring tears to my eyes.


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