Date Submitted: 06/06/2002
Author Info: Kristin (Bethlehem, PA - USA) 
Occupation: Student
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

I was sitting in my first period class when a teacher ran into the room and said that there was a terrible accident in New York. The first thing that I thought of was if my boyfriends Dad and if my cousin Amy were alright. At that point I didn’t even know what had happened. My teacher told us that if we wanted to we could go to another room and watch the coverage. We walked up the hall and some one said, “Kristin did you hear?” I said that I didn’t and I asked what happened. She told me that a plane had crashed into the WTC. I couldn’t believe it. It was surreal, almost like a movie. Everyone thought that it was just a horrible accident, we soon found out that it wasn’t.

Second period was a mix of students running out crying and using their cell phones to call their parents who worked in NYC. I sat down in my seat and looked at the T.V.. The sight of it all was awful. Just the thought of people in the building above where the plane had hit. As I looked up my friend Jeremy heard what we thought was the engine of a helicopter coming to try to get people out of the building. Just as Jeremy said that it was too loud for a helicopter another plane took a sharp turn directly into the second tower. Within, what seemed like a short time, both towers collapsed. I couldn’t believe any of it. It was too terrible to be true. I thought of family that lives in NY and I was hoping that everyone was ok. Soon after the other two planes crashed at the Pentagon and in Somerset (about 4 hours away from my house) At lunch my mom came to the school to pick me up. She had off that day and when she saw what happened her first thought was if we went into a state of emergency that there was no way that they would release anyone out of the schools.

On the way home in the car we listend to the coverage on the radio. None of what happened seemed like it was real. Luckily everyone that I know that lives in NY was o.k. but I felt so awful. I couldn’t believe that a person could be so hateful and kill so many innocent people. I cried for the victims, for the children who lost parents,for firefighters, police and for family members of the victims. When all seemed like hope was lost America banded together to prove that no one will defeat us!


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