Date Submitted: 07/19/2002
Author Info: Cassidy (Vancouver, Canada) 
Occupation: Student
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

I woke up that morning, as usual no time for breakfast, tv, or even radio! I ran to school and went straight to my locker, there was no one in the hallway, I knew I wasn’t that late but ran to class anyways. I walked into the usual well talking room as usual, the only differece, I was 15 minutes early! It was only 8:15am! I turned asked my friend who sits next to me in Socials “What’s going on there’s no one in the halls, and it’s still 15 to the bell!”. She turned to me and replied “At about 8 the Principal came on the PA and demanded everyone to proceed to their classes and not leave for any reason untill told to by the Principal!”

I asked “Not even to use the bathroom, or even to leave when the bell rings?”

She answered “That would be correct!”

I replied “What is there a bomb in the school?” The girl infront of me turned around with tears running down her face.

“Don’t even kind about a thing like that! And the reason why we’re in here is because what’s going on in NY!” she replied.

I knew by the tone of her voice, and how emotional she was that it was true, I asked the teacher to turn on the news but he refused. I went back to my desk and my friend was trying to comfort the girl. After about 3 minutes I walked over to the door which has a 4×8 inch window and saw a tv on in the room across the hall, it was on the news, the anchor woman disappeared and all of a sudden I’m watching an airplane crash into one of the twin towers! I instantly knew that this is what the girl in my class meant and literaly fell to the floor in shock! My friend ran over to me and asked if I was alright, she helped me to my feet and I ran out of the class, the teacher yelling behind me to come back, I ran into the room with the tv on and opened the door, not one head turned. I had tears in my eyes by now. I ran back to my class and the teacher was gone, someone said he went to get the principal, I turned on the tv and didn’t even have to change the channel. The screen finally focused and the first thing we saw was the second tower being hit! There were screams by almost all the girls, and the one who was crying earlier had fainted! I clapped one hand over my mouth and just gasped, tears starting to roll down my face. This guy who I had a crush on and rumour was he had one on me also walked over to me and hugged me. I burried my face in his shirt and began crying uncontrolably as though the closest person to me had just died in a horrible accident, little did I know the girl who fainted, her father, whom she was very close to since her mother had died from cancer when she was only 2, had been killed when that second tower had been hit. 10 minutes later it was announced to the whole school! “The twin towers in NYC have just collapsed to the ground!” We were watching this now, happening right before our eyes, the second tower fell to the ground.

It was the second most frightening day in my life! The most frightening day would be when I learned my father almost died!

Today the guy who held me and I are a couple and have been ever since, this event taught us both that life is too short to miss out on anything just because your shy or not sure of something. Also the girl who fainted was taken to the hospital and was treated for her head which she hit on a table when she collapsed! She is living with her Sister just down the road from me and we’re now very close.

I would like to send out my deepest and utter-most sympathy to all those who lost family on 9/11 and just remember they died unexpectantly but with honour!

I Luv you all!



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