A Teenager’s view of September 11th

Date Submitted: 09/05/2002
Author Info: Rich (Dorchester, Dorset, England) 
Occupation: Student
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

I guess this seems more of a general personal experience for me rather than a grand story. Basically we were at school neighbors had just finished on BBC 1, and people were waiting for the adverts.

As Neighbors finished a news flash appeared. PLANE HITS WORLD TRADE CENTRE. The image on the t.v was sooo memorable pretty much because no one could make out what we were watching, it looked like a bridge on fire. Then as the camera pulled out of the tight angle, u could just see the blue sky and the New York skyline filled with a black cloud. I remember my friend saying “what’s the World Trade Center?” So I just told her to be quiet as people began to listen to the news.

By now people had be rushing around, and the usually busy school hall made fell silent. Teachers now began to join the students as I remember most of the history teachers joined to watch the events unfold as the second plane entered into view, and everyone was like.

“Um, this isn’t an accident, this was deliberate”

So, memories of that day, I had had to leave for a lesson and told people what had happen, again they were like, what’s the WTC.

As I came back to the hall after an hour lesson, the towers had just collapsed and I found myself talking to people I hadn’t talked to before. The teachers were just standing around looking in disappear, I think they knew that this event had greater consequences than what I and the rest of my friends had realized. We watched the news at home, and kept the papers for the day after, and i still read them a year on.

It was like watching a movie, but this wasn’t a movie, and people didn’t walk away from this un-harmed.

I hope none of us ever see anything like this again…


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