Where were you on 9/11/01?

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  1. DizneeTeachR

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    Sep 12, 2006

    This reminded me of the kinders I was in with...the were building towers & the crashing into them saying there were bad men aboard.
     
  2. Mrs.SLF

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    I remember walking to class from the MARTA station (my school was in downtown Atlanta and my freshman year I lived in the dorms. We used public transportation to get to and from school) and some of the local shops always had stereos playing in the morning. I didn't realize it before but I remember hearing one of the local morning shows being very serious about something. But, I was busy talking with my friends on the way to class and did not really pay attention to what was being said. I didn't actually find out what happened until my 9am sociology class. I remember sitting there and having my professor talk to us about the attacks since many of us had not heard yet. We all sat there scared of what might be attacked next (especially since Atlanta is home to the CDC) and one of my classmates told us about the Pentagon being attacked. That was the point that my professor let us all leave because of the uncertainity of our country. I remember watching the news all day and seeing the towers collapse over and over again. Even though I was away from the areas being directly attacked I was frightened about the future.I kept thinking the worst that everything was about to come to an end. I went back home from Atlanta that day to my family and friends to feel safe. I still cannot believe it happened five years later and the fact that my first graders have no idea what happened. I did a little lesson on 9/11 yesterday but made the focus on heroes and they did not know anything about 9/11. It's still so unbeliveably sad. Side note: My principal decided not to do a school wide moment of silence yesterday because it was too sad and/or depressing. When she told us her reasoning in our staff meeting I was a bit taken back. At least I did something with my class and gave all of the first grade ribbons to wear.
     
  3. JaimeMarie

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    I was student teaching. That was year semester was horrible. First 9/11 than on halloween we had a student pass away.
     
  4. AngelHead

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    I was at work, actually work/study during college. I worked on the grounds. Two contracted workers were listening to the radio in their truck, flagged us down and told us a plane hit the world trade centers. ny the time we turned on the radio the second plane had hit. I remember that the weather was gorgeous! I told my boss that I needed to leave so I could watch the news, he didn't want to let me go until his boss told the entire university to go home, watch the news, and be with loved ones. What a day!
     
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    It was my second day at my first permanent teaching position. The principal and secretary came into my room looking for a radio so they could listen in the office. We had many parents picking up their children at lunch that day, and our principal sent us all home as soon as the kids had left to go and, "hug our kids".
     
  6. irismom

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    I was home with several children. I was doing daycare at the time and didn't even know about it until mid-afternoon. It was my daughter's first day of preschool, so that day will always be memorable in many ways.
     
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    Sep 12, 2006

    The blueness of the sky that day sticks with me. It was so clear and splendid. That night there were more stars than I'd ever seen before, as though there was a star for each soul taken that day.[/QUOTE]


    Me too!!! I was teaching 5K- found out from another teacher around 10:30am- called my mom to find out where my sister, a Delta flight attendant was (home). But I DO remember taking my students outside to play and the sky was clear blue and beautiful- and I knew in NY it was a nightmare. I tried not to cry until I got home, then I sat in front of the TV every chance I got for DAYS...it was surreal. My students talked about it for awhile, telling me that some "bad guys" had flown planes into buildings and that was "mean". It was hard.
     
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    I was getting ready to go to work (first year of teaching) and decided to turn on the television. I usually don't turn it on but decided to check the weather or something that morning. I remember turning it on and seeing that the first plane had already hit. I didin't realize that it was in the US and thought that something had happened somewhere else. When I realized that it was NYC, I thought that it had been an accident. That's when the second plane hit and I knew (as well as the news/media) that this was no accident.

    Remember, I am 3 hours behind NYC so it was early in the morning. I still went into work and reluctantly took my kids to daycare (they were little then). All day, everyone talked about it. I was fortunate enough to be the reading specialist at that time so I didn't have my own classroom. I asked another teacher if I could just be in her room and see how she dealt with the tragedy with her students. She said of course.

    It was a hard day. All day long, I wanted to just go home and hold my two little boys. We had also just moved from Eastern to Western Washington.

    When the Challenger accident happened, I was in the 6th grade. That was also a horrible day for our country. We watched the news reports at school on that day.
     
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    My neighbors kept having papers blown into their yard. In some schools near me, kids were up on the roof watching...
     
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    It was our first day of school. Just before the class arrived, my aide's husband called and said a plane had struck the tower, he works for the local TV station. We put the small TV on in the teacher's room and sat there and cried and watched until it was time to begin class.
     
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    I was waiting for my epidural to deliver my first born.
    Zac turned 5 on Monday.
     
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    I'll never forget...I was getting ready for school (I was an aide then) and I glanced at the TV, which was on but no volume. I saw the first plane hit, and thought, did I really just see that? I stood there like I was in a trance. I lived about half a block from the school at the time, and I remember hearing the bell ring, but I just ignored it. I stood there watching, until I realized that I was really late by this time. I started running up the hill to the school, where my principal and another teacher happened to be standing outside looking at a bus. They started teasing me about oversleeping and being late, they obviously didn't know yet. I told them that someone was attacking NYC, and they both ran into the building. We tried to go along with the day as normal as possible, but teachers kept going into the comp lab to check on the news. I will never forget another teacher coming in to say that the Pentagon was hit, then back to tell about the other planes that they thought were hijacked, and finally about Flight 93 that crashed. I remember feeling so helpless, and wanting to be with my 8 month old daughter. I kept thinking about how she would never know anything but war and violence in her lifetime. My sister was on a flight at the time which was grounded in Kansas City. She was stranded there, in the plane, for hours, and they kept telling the passengers not to use cell phones, but finally they all quit listening and called family. We seemed so far away from everything out here in the Midwest, which was comforting and frustrating all at the same time.

    As for the Challenger, I was in first grade, but we all went to the third grade room to watch. I will never forget that image on the screen, but I don't remember understanding really what had happened. Eerie, because I now teach right across the hall from that room.

    I am glad someone asked this question. It is kind of therapeutic to describe that day, in some way.

    kcjo
     
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    I was observing in a kindergarten class (I was a sophmore in college). Two other girls were with me from my class. One came in late and said that a plane had flown into one WTC towers. We were thinking it was a little plane and maybe the pilot got off course or something. We had no idea of the magnitude. I finished my observation time and I walked back home. I turned on the television and I couldn't believe what was going on. I saw the second plane hit. The rest of the day I stayed glued to the television. I had to go to another class and everyone in it was in a state of shock. We discussed it a little and then we got out early to be with our families. I do remember how beautiful the sky was that day. It was the brightest blue color.
     
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    I was sitting in my Anthropology college course. Someone came into our room and said that a plane just hit the Twin Towers. At the end of class our teacher said, "I'll see you all on Tuesday and hopefully no more planes will crash into buildings". We had no idea how serious it was. I got in my car and driving home I heard on the radio about the second plane and how we were being attacked and I became hysterical because I had to go straight to work, yet I had no idea what was going on. I will never forget how panicked I was.
     
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    I was actually moving into our new (and first) house that we bought. I had been up all night (at the time I had a 2 1/2 year old and a 5 mo. old, so of course it had to be an all nighter if I wanted to get anything done), and I did not have the TV on all morning. That afternoon, a friend called all upset, and I had no idea what she was talking about. I turned on the TV, and just sat there in complete disbelief. I felt so terrible; here I am so excited about all the new changes in my life, when not too far away (really) so many lives were devastated.
     
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    I was getting ready to head into class when I heard about the first plane. I watched a few minutes of the coverage because at that point they were thinking small plane. I finished getting dressed and I was turning off the TV I saw something flying through the air but it didnt sink in until I was driving to class and I heard about the second plane on the radio. I got to school and in the bookstore there were people crowded around the TV watching CNN. As I walked up to the crowd the first tower was falling. The Dean of Students burst into tears. My brother lived in Maryland at the time and he did a lot of traveling so we were worried that he might be on one of the planes. It took us a couple of hours to get a hold of him. We did have our 9:00 class but after that the college district sent us home for the next few days. I went home and spent the next few days glued to the TV and answering all kinds of questions from my 3 oldest kids. The one thing I will never forget about those first few weeks after the attacks. I put a flag on my truck antenna. On the morning that we returned to classes I was driving on a remote road that came to an intersection that was traveled by gravel trucks and 18 wheelers. I came to the intersection just as a truck was driving past and the driver saluted my flag. Even to this day it gives me chill bumps just thinking about it.
     
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    I was 20 years old at the time, working at our local grocery store. It was earlier in the morning and we had very few customers so we were able to hear the radio when the news was announced. I remember the manager being very upset and I just didn't get it. I hate to admit this, but until 9-11 I had not really heard of terrorists so I didn't grasp the severity of the situation. I know that seems remarkable for an adult to have not learned about terrorists in school or simply hear about the activity through my daily life, on the news, in the papers...but I just never had. I was very much thinking like a young, naive child…"but why would someone do that?"


    We had a small 13" television to be given away to a “lucky” customer but we decided to open that so we could watch the news unfold. We were back in the meat department watching the television when the second plane struck. I don't think it was until then that I halfway got it. Watching the walls of smoke and debris literally chasing the people...that was heartbreaking and absolutely bone-chilling.

    Coming home that afternoon our small town was buzzing with activity. The gas station was just incredible...lines backing into the road. The strangest sensation came over me and I knew something was happening that the world would never forget, obviously. Are you aware of the eerie feeling in the atmosphere before a tornado? That's what life felt like for several days, and I'll never forget that.
     
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    I was fixing to leave for school when Monica Armenta (former morning anchor for KOBTV) explained there was breaking news in NY, a plane had flown into one of the World Trade Towers. She said we leave you know and go to NY. I listened to Katie Curic and another woman talking. I wasn't registering anything they said--I still can't. I was watching the sky when I saw the other plane coming. I thought that plane is too close. I was so shocked. I was still standing in the middle of my living room, my hand on my bag ready to catch the city bus, when the second plane hit. That image still haunts me. I don't remember walking back to the couch but I did. I thought "Oh my ____, those poor people." I left about 5 minutes later and rushed to catch the bus. I couldn't miss class that day. We had already missed the last three classes and the teacher was behind. I was on the bus thinking, does everyone know. I kept changing stations listening to everyone talk about it. Then people started talking about it all at once. The bus radio said something about it. Then we all sighed and started talking. The lady behind me on the bus started to cry. She had a family member who worked in the towers. I never saw her before and never saw her again. Then the bus driver told us about the Pentagon. I kept calling my mom. When I got to TVI (now CNM) the power was out. I wanted to go home--we all did, but our professor said, its sad but we have to get this work done. We all sat there and I blindly did my work. Blindly went to my next class and took notes, which I threw away after class and went home and cried.

    Last year I was student teaching in a fifth grade class, and was shocked that many of them didn't know what 9-11 meant. Then I thought, wow they were only in Kinder when it happened....I couldn't believe it had been so long.
     
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    I was home watching TV - it was late evening here in Australia and hubby and I were watching "The West Wing". When the news flash cut into the program, we thought at first that it was just a part of the show -it fit right into the episode we were watching. Weird. After the news flash (plane 1 hitting) they went back to the show, but then another news break reported a plane hitting the WTC. We thought, yes, we just heard that - is it part of the show? Soon, of course, it became apparent that everything was all too real. Every time we went to go to bed another disaster struck - a plane crash in Pennsylvania, the Pentagon burning, each tower falling. In the end I think we went to bed at about 4am, only to be woken at 6am by a phone call to say hubby's grandfather had passed away. A surreal week that was, all the death on tv and us going to a funeral but unrelated to all the news.
     
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    Well, here is where I was when all this had happened. I was asleep when it happened. I used to work the graveyard shift at IHOP. My friend came in to tell me that a plane hit the WTC. I fell back asleep thinking, "Pilot error. They were flying too low and made a mistake." I was thinking it was a small plane. Then he came in a little while later and said another plane hit the other tower. Then I got up and watched the news. I called my mother and asked if she knew what was happening, and she told me everyone had called her that day.

    What is weird about that day is that I remember EVERYTHING I did that day. That's never happened to me ever. I was alive for the Challenger, but was too little to remember it. I also remember a little about the spaceshuttle Columbia exploding all over East Texas a couple of years ago. I was asleep when that happened as well. But this was totally different.

    I was heading to work when the third WTC building collapsed. I was thinking that this was awful. I remember trying to put the President's announcement over the intercom for the customers to hear. I also remember that it wasn't busy that day. We hardly had any customers.

    Later, I remember having a lot of candlelight vigils for the victims and their families. This event will definitely be in the minds of everyone forever who experienced it. I am just thankful that we are alive to tell the experience to our children and grandchildren.
     
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    It was a very difficult day for me. A tardy student came in and announced it to the class. I turned on the tv in time for us to see the first tower fall. I wrote a story about it and posted it on my website on 9/10

    We have been talking about personal narratives in class so I read it to my language arts groups on 9/11, and we discussed plot and how we add details to stories to make them more interesting.

    I'm not sure why but this anniversary of 9/11 was the hardest yet to go through.
     
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    I was in high school. We were at the State Fair for a debate conference. It was really wierd, because the debate topic for the year was 'weapons of mass destruction.' We're watching a mock debate done by college freshman, and all of a sudden, one of the leaders of the conference came in and told us that something had happened to the WTC (it wasn't really clear yet what had happened). We all thought it was part of the debate, until they let us out of the conference early to watch the news.
     
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    One of my students told me a plane had hit one of the towers, but he didn't know anything else. I tried to find out on the internet, but I was unable to get on any news site. My email was working, so my sister got through with a message. Had it not been for my sister emailing me every 20-30 minutes, I wouldn't have known anything. I didn't have a TV or a radio in my room and the administrators didn't come around to tell the teachers anything. I was so grateful for the email. I spent every spare minute after getting my students working on assignments at my computer. Also, my husband and I had just started trying for baby #3 and I clearly remember staring at my computer screen thinking, "My God, what have I done!" Suddenly this wasn't a world that I wanted to bring another child into. (Well, my intuition was right. I was in fact already pregnant by about a week. I did eventually get happy about the pregnancy.)
     
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    I was at work that day. One of my best friends teaches in the room next to me, and she came to tell me that the towers had been hit. I turned on the tv in my classroom right before they collapsed. Then we were told to keep our tv's off so the kids wouldn't get scared (I had already blocked their vision and had it so low they couldn't hear it over the music they were listening to as they worked, but I turned it off anyway). My in-laws lived on Long Island, but my father-n-law worked at the airport. I kept trying to call them all day, but neither my husband or I could get up with them. We finally got through about 4:30 that afternoon. I remember how helpless and devastated we all felt. Some parents wouldn't send their kids to school the next few days.

    My husband and I had just visited about six weeks earlier, and had eaten lunch in one of the restaurants in the towers. I remember thinking that it all seemed so unreal until we went back to NYC and visited the site. That is something I will never forget.
     
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    I was on my daily commute to university, working on my BA. The radio was on and it said a plane had it the tower (first one) and I thoght, OMG, the pilot must have had a heart attack. Then before I arrived at school, I heard about the other one and thought, OMG, this is really bad, what's going on? I got to school and there was a buzz about it but we still didn't really know much, then when I got home that day I saw the pictures on the news and was literally glued to CNN for the next year thinking that something else was going to happen...
     

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