Just a senior in high school

Date Submitted: 09/11/2014
Author Info: Jodi (Pittsburgh, PA - USA) 
Occupation: Education/Training
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

I was a senior in high school. Second period had just started and there was an announcement to the entire school that a plane hit the WTC and it was on fire. My teacher started to cry. Everyone in my class was silent and didn’t know what to do with how are teacher was reacting but we weren’t aware of how bad this news actually was. I was just picturing in my mind a small plan inside the building.
Going into the rest of my classes, all of my teachers made us watch the news. Some of the teachers didn’t say anything but just stared at the TV. My economics teacher told us that this day was history and we needed to pay attention to what was going on because our lives are forever changed. My psychology teacher was the one who spoke to the class and talked to us about Bin Laden. A lot of my classmates were angry towards Muslims but I remember speaking up and saying that you can’t judge them because many come to the USA for a better life. My psychology teacher also talked about how this was a similar day to when he was in school finding out about the death of JFK.
During my psychology class is when we found out about the plane crashing in PA. It was about an hour away from my high school and when we found out, we were speechless.
Throughout the rest of the day, many parents came in in a panic and took their kids out of school. All activities after school were canceled. I remembered that night, my friend and I went for a drive around town. We were the only people on the road, it was something I will never forget.
Although I was in high school, I couldn’t really comprehend what loss there was that day. Each year as I grow older, 9/11 makes me more emotional. As an adult, I realized how bad 9/11 was and how it effects the USA to this day. It’s hard to watch footage and read stories about this day because it causes such grief. I pray that this will never happen again. God Bless the USA and the WORLD!


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