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David Graham

What were your surroundings when you first heard about the destruction of the twin towers?

“I was at Rock Bridge and another teacher came in and said, ‘Did you hear that the World Trade Center got hit by an airplane?’ and I said no. It wasn’t too big of a deal, and I didn’t think anything of it until the second one came. Then everybody kinda knew what was going on. They knew it was intentional at that point. The first was kinda weird, and it was sad, and I felt bad, but the second one came, and everyone just kinda stopped what they were doing and tried to find a TV to pull into our classroom since we didn’t have smart boards or anything like that.”

What was your reaction?

“It’s hard because everyone wants to make a snap judgment. I mean, that’s the way that the world works now, you just start blaming right away. So, my biggest thing was to try to have the classes try to weigh it out instead of getting super mad and doing something you might regret. Just to weigh out what the possibilities were about who could have done it or why they could’ve done it. Because on that day no one knew for sure, It was all just speculation and also you don’t want anyone to get angry at kids in the building because they may be a part of a group that you assume committed the crime. We just tried to give students some time to ponder some things without saying anyone was guilty or innocent.”

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