Kansas City Remembers 9/11

Alex Benson

Overland Park KS

On September 11th, 2001 I was a senior at Salina Central High School.

For 1st period I served as a teacher's aid in physics lab. I was back in the lab grading papers when two of my classmates came in around 9:30...they'd just arrived at school as they didn't have a 1st period. They told they saw on TV (at home) that "New York was being attacked." News quickly spread throughout the school. Lots of confusion and lots of panic. Even though we were in the middle of Kansas, plenty of us had friends of family in NYC.

My second period class was a Civics/Government type of thing. Our teacher arranged for us to move to the library and watch news coverage during class. During the period the local newspaper showed up at school. My class was photographed watching the news, we were in the paper the next day. I'll never forget that hour and a half, watching news unfold real-time w/ ~30 of my classmates, our teach and the library staff.

Off and on at school we were allowed to watch news and were kept informed.

I remember going home that day. My mom had left $20 for me to fill up my gas tank in case oil prices skyrocketed:). Funny to think that $20 dollars left change in your pocket as filling up for gas 10 years ago.

My 10 year reunion will be in the Spring. It is hard to believe it has been 10 years.

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