September 11 Digital Archive






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LC Story: Story

As a Biology teacher at Leander High School in Leander, Texas, I was in my classroom preparing my lecture for that day. I turned on the television to listen to the early news when the first thing I saw was the first tower bellowing smoke and shortly thereafter seeing a jet slam into the second tower.
I sat in my chair in disbelief; maybe instead of watching the news I was watching a movie. But slowly it dawned on me... this is real!
At the appointed time students began to arrive. As they entered they asked if we were watching a video. I motioned for them to sit down. Once the class started, I advised them of what was happening. At first, they thought I was joking. I was bombarded with questions such as "Are we going to war?" or "Are they going to drop bombs on us?". Several of my students started to cry. I assured my students that we were safe. I also told them that if we went to war against whoever did this, our military would take care of it.
That day I did not teach Biology. We watched what was happening and I answered questions from my students.

LC Story: Memory

My strongest memory of that day is watching some of my students cry. They were frightened!

LC Story: Affects

The events of September 11 caused our country to further unify. Many became patriotic and those of us who were became even more.


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