My Turn: ‘Tuesday made history and nobody is going to forget it’

  • Smoke spews from a tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, after two hijacked airplanes hit the twin towers in a terrorist attack on New York City. MARIO TAMA/GETTY IMAGES/TNS

Published: 9/14/2021 4:06:39 PM

My son, Greg Richardson was just starting 10th grade at Pioneer Regional High School when 9/11 occurred. The school had the students watch what was happening and then he wrote about it. I just found Greg’s writing and thought it was an interesting view of a 10th-grader on that day, 20 years ago. Hopefully it can get into the Recorder. Greg still lives in Northfield. The following is his report from that day.

“September 11, 2001 began as usual with me going to school. Nothing specific happened during the first two periods. Then in Graphic Design, Tony Streeter ran into the room and told us to be quiet. He turned on the TV and everybody fell in silent. I saw the first World Trade Center Tower surrounded by smoke. At first I thought it was a joke, but then when I saw people jumping out of the building, I knew it was a tragedy and not a joke. The only noise I heard was a woman screaming “Oh my God”. The news reporters said they could see the building swaying back and forth. The camera zoomed in and one reporter announced frantically that the tower was going down any second. It was going down. I was frightened to see the World Trade Center swaying back and forth. Fifteen minutes later I saw the second plane crash into the Second World Trade Center. The first tower then came crashing down. Cops were yelling to get people back from falling debris from the tower.

The bell had already rung. I was fifteen minutes late to Math class because I was watching the events on TV. In Math class, students were asking questions about what was going to happen.

I was very nervous because two planes had been hijacked and my Dad was scheduled to return from Louisville, Kentucky today. I was hoping my Dad would not fly that day. I just wanted him to be safe. Ten minutes later there was a news flash announcing that all planes were cancelled. I gave a sigh of relief that he was not going to be in the air. All I could think about was all those people dying.

My next class was very emotional. I walked in English class and saw Mrs. Morgan crying. All I could think about that period was that she had friends or family in an airplane, at the Pentagon, or World Trade Center.

At lunch it was very quiet. Students were not sure what to think. So many were talking about finding the terrorists and kill them. I made it though the rest of the day at school.

When I was home, we still had on the TV. I was getting sick of watching all those innocent people dying and the terrorists destroying our country.

Tuesday, September 11, 2001 the country started off with people going to work or going to school. But Tuesday made history and nobody is going to forget it.”

Greg Richard’s father, Bill Richardson of Northfield, submitted this piece.


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