Never Too Young To Witness History

Date Submitted: 02/20/2009
Author Info: Sarah (Ferguson/Carpendersville, IL - USA) 
Occupation: Student
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

On September 11th, 2001 I was seven years old and was in the second grade of Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic School in Missouri. We were doing our morning journal. I don’t even remember what it was anymore. That day, all I remember was the following. As we were writing our morning journal the third grade teacher ran in franticly telling Ms. O’Brian that she had to come. (There was only one teacher for each class at my school. There were 20-something student in my class. It was very small.) We kept working as they talked heatedly. Ms. Cook went back to her room and Ms. O’Brian immediately turned on the TV. All I remember was seeing Flight 175 crash into the South Tower. The press ran at the impact. I could see people running and hear screams. Many of us had never heard of the World Trade Centers and thought this was some scary movie and she would change the station at any second. Others such as Trey and Jennifer had. They were in shock. We all were. Many have been shocked when I tell them this story, saying that Ms. O’Brian should NEVER have turned on the TV. I disagree. I’m not glad that I saw it happen and that is DID happen but I AM, grateful that I was able to experience it. Even bad things can have a good impact on the world. Even if the aftermath was terrible and recovery may never come.
We will NEVER forget.


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