A HS Junior shocked just like everyone else…

Date Submitted: 06/23/2015
Author Info: Chris (Neenah, WI - USA) 
Occupation: Computer Technician/Engineer
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

I was in high school at the time 9/11 happened. I was in my cooking class, when it was first brought to my attention. We had a computer in our classroom, and one of my classmates was using it and was telling everybody about it. Some of us huddled around the computer to see what happened. I remember later in the day, the school officials opened up the library for all the students to see (on a big projector screen) what had happened that fateful day. Not that the library was closed, but just that there was so many students allowed in the library at one time which isn’t usual of course. At the time it happened, I was on my way to school during the first attack. So, I wasn’t even aware of what was going on until the cooking class, as a typical high school student I was listening to music on my way to school. Then the others happened while I was in class. I remember after school, one of my older brothers had come to my parents’ house to visit, and he was outside talking with one of my uncles (who was also visiting) and they were talking about what happened and how the prices of oil/gas would go up because of it. I also remember so many people were already packing the gas stations trying to fill up with gas while my brother and uncle were talking. I’m guessing this was something they heard on TV. Then, I remember how there was talk about cancelling or postponing the high school football games and other high school sports due to what happened. I couldn’t imagine what other people felt like and did wonder what people felt. I couldn’t understand why it happened. I didn’t know anything about Usama Bin Laden or Al Qaeda or the middle east troubles that existed until that day. I probably learned a little bit of that in school, but probably forgot. My family had the same feeling I had – shock and anger. I’m not sure if any of them cried, but we sure were pissed and sad inside. I did feel angry that day, because it was just so horrific and couldn’t understand how another human being could do such a thing. I think I recall there was also some talk on people joining the military and/or the draft being utilized to fight in Afghanistan. I still had another year before I was even eligible, as I was 17 at the time. I remembered watching a WWE wrestling program and seeing all the wrestlers affected by the tragedy.


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