The First to Know

Date Submitted: 02/06/2006
Author Info: Mike (Germantown - USA) 
Occupation: Student
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

On September 11, I was in the second grade at Germantown Elementary School in Germantown, Maryland. Mrs. White was my teacher at the time. We had certain jobs that we would rotate out every week. That week, it just happened to be my job to take the class’s library books back to the media center. I made the hike from my classroom to the media center with my carton of books and when I got there, I saw some teachers gathered around a small TV. I thought to myself, ” What’s going on? Why aren’t they in their classrooms teaching? Plus, you don’t watch TV in school unless it’s an educational video or something. Something must be wrong. And so I gave all the books to the media specialist and went over to the TV and saw the World Trade Center burning. I was shocked by what I saw and made my way back to my classroom. later, Dr. Allison, the principal, came on the intercom and told us what had happened and told us to go home early. Like I did every day, I walked home with my best friend Julian, who lived just down the street from me. We were watching the TV until my mom came to pick me up. She got off early because she worked for the government. The next day, I had no school, probably because I live in the Wsahington, DC Metro area and we were just a stone’s throw away from the burning Pentagon. I call my story The First to Know because I was the first in the second grade to know about the attacks.


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