Even though I was in school (9th grade) in the Central Time Zone, I didn't find out until the end of our first period, about five minutes before the first tower collapsed. We had started an important graded debate in that civics class before anyone knew anything, but technically about fifteen minutes after the first plane hit the tower. So for some weird reason, the debate was not stopped, although we thought it odd that the teacher's telephone kept ringing, including various references to him as "Mr. Popular" because it was so odd for there to be that many phone calls. Once our debate ended at the end of the period, I found out about both the WTC towers and the Pentagon at the same time when we were told by the teacher verbally at the end of first period and so the TVs weren't switched on in that class. So, we went to our second period classes. In my case, it was Physical Science. The TV
was on in there. The first tower must have collapsed between classes, and when I first saw it on TV
, the first tower was already gone. However, it was so smokey that I kept thinking that the view was such the first tower was directly behind the second tower from the angle of the camera. Once that second tower fell near the end of second period, we could see that neither tower was standing. Then I found out about the United 93 crash during third period Algebra. We did nothing but watch TV
in that class.
Now here's what I don't get. Most people I talk to said that they did nothing but watch the news all day long from no later than half an hour after it started until the end of the school day. In my case, I only was able to see coverage for two periods of the day. Worst of all was that for our fourth period study hall, which started around 11 AM
central, the teacher supervising it turned the TV
off and said that studying was more important! As if we had been given homework all day long! And for my 5th, 6th, and 7th periods, we didn't watch any of it.
I did notice this: We were given 30 minutes for lunch. We typically spent 20 minutes eating, and then we'd go outside on the front steps for the last 10 minutes just to hang out. 9/11 was a nice day, and it was noticable that there weren't any planes since my high school is under the departure path from MSP
toward eastern cities like Chicago and New York and a bunch of other cities.