Compiled by: Eliot
Hackett, Rabita Aziz, Danny Johnson, Adrian Rumingen, Jessica
Sarah Stanley, Rachel Reich
With the third anniversary of the tragic events that took
September 11, 2001, taking place today, students share their thoughts
memories of where they were and what they were doing at the moment when
they heard the shocking news.
|David Oglethorpe – Senior
"This day made us realize who true heroes are. They’re
not the actors
on TV, they’re the people risking their lives everyday so that others
have another chance."
"I remember seeing the images of the towers falling on television, and
remember being in disbelief. I was sitting with my father and the both
of us were on the verge of tears. It was unbelievable."
Dion Green - Staff
"I was in the school watching television from the photography room. I
had to lock the school down, and felt really bad for everything that
was going on."
Jay Wright - Staff
"I was walking into a middle school room, when the teacher asked me
what was going on. When I arrived at my home that afternoon--two miles
from the Pentagon--I could smell the smoke from the plane that hit the
Pentagon. After the tragedy, everyone became united, but a year later
they all went back to their regular lives."
Nabeela Chowdhury -
At the time of the disaster, Nabeela was changing hotel rooms. When her
mother walked in, she thought that whatever was on the television was a
movie. "As a Muslim I know that Jihad (the supposed reason Ben Laden
gave for the attacks) isn’t really allowed for anyone who just wants to
kill. If someone were killing Muslims just because they are Muslims,
(like Hitler with the Jews) it should only be in self-defense. What
Osama did was not Islamic."
Andrew Roller – Senior
"I was out on the fields during P.E. when Mr. Dickson came out and
informed us that the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were on fire.
He told us we could see the smoke rising from the Pentagon. I could not
see any smoke and did not believe Mr. Dickson, or maybe I did not want
to. Our class returned to the locker room and a radio was on in the
trainer’s office and we found out that Mr. Dickson was serious."
||Dan Wilkie -
A student came in
asking about if
Mr.Wilkie had checked the internet, he saw smoke coming from the Trade
Centers. "I wasn’t fazed" says Dan Wilkie. "When I arrived home the
tower had already fallen." He and his wife were very worried for her
because he works a street down from the Towers.
||Dani Dunn – Junior
All I could think
about was where
is my mom working today? The Naval Yard or the Pentagon? Will I go live
with my dad, Mike (my stepfather), or somebody else if she died?
||Lara Murray –
I was in English
class in my school
in Portugal. Administrators kept running in and out of my class talking
to my teacher. When school got out at 3:00, the Portuguese press was
up outside my school because it was the American International School
Later, they reported our school had been evacuated at 3:00 when that’s
the normal time we were released.
||Sofia de St.
Aubin – Junior
I was living in Spain
when this happened
when I had just turned thirteen. It happened the day before school
and I had been at a barbeque the whole day. When I got home at night my
mom told me there had been a terrorist attack on the twin towers. I
really have strong feelings about it at the time since I was living in
Smirniotopolous - Senior
I didn’t know what
was going on until
lunch, although I heard people whispering in the hallways. When I heard
what happened, I was disturbed and upset, but I felt disconnected from
it because it didn’t personally affect me.
||Will Straub -
I didn’t expect that
to ever happen
in my lifetime. It’s incredibly sad and tragic that so many people had
to die in that way.
||Ryan Larcamp -
When I first heard
about 9/11 I was
in shock. I now understand that terrorism is a bigger threat then any
what you think.