9/11: Teachers Recall Tragic Day

By Anelisa Holder l This past Monday we remembered Sept. 11, 2001 — 9/11 — the infamous terrorist attack perpetrated on the United States by foreign terrorists.

A Brief History

Two flights left from Logan International Airport in Boston headed to Los Angeles.

They were each hijacked by five terrorists who were part of a group called al-Qaeda.

Another flight leaving from Washington Dulles International Airport was headed to LA and got hijacked by terrorists as well.

Lastly, a flight leaving from Newark International Airport headed to San Francisco and was hijacked by four al-Qaeda members.

The first Boston flight flew into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York.

The second Boston flight veered into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

The two horrendous crashed killed nearly 3,000 people, including fire fighters, police, and emergency personnel.

The Washington flight crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, DC starting a huge fire and killing over 100 people.

The last flight, coming from Newark, New Jersey, didn’t reach its intended target of attack.

“Let’s roll” became a famous battle cry from that flight, shouted by the passengers who tried to overtake the terrorists.

It is probable that the Flight 97 had been targeted to strike the US Capitol Building or the White House.

A Parrott Perspective

Most Parrott students don’t remember this horrible day, either because they were too young or because they weren’t alive, but several teachers remembered that fateful day in detail and with strong emotion.

A day of confusion, horror, and hate.

Mrs. Amanda Albritton, who works at the front office, was a college sophomore when the planes crashed.

At the time she was sleeping.

Like everybody else, she was scared and worried not knowing exactly what had happened.

Ms. Cyndy Faulkner, a MS teacher, was teaching when she heard the news.

She was pregnant with her son Dylan, who is now in 10th grade at Parrott.

APA English teacher Mr. Steve Logan was teaching at Parrott when the intercom interrupted class to announce what had just happened.

Having grown up in New Jersey, Mr. Logan had the unique experience of seeing the twin towers being built.

Mr. Logan had even just visited the towers with his daughters two years prior to the attack.

“Still today I can feel the sadness and the overwhelming sense of despair,” Mr. Logan said.

None of the faculty had family or friends in the midst of the attack, but there was a common theme of wanting to be close to loved ones and overcoming the terrorists’ hatred.

Click below to hear three teachers’ experiences with 9/11:

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