by Abbie Goldring
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 have affected citizens all across the United States. Here at WHS, Hi's Eye asked students and staff to share their experiences and what they remember from that day.
“My father is a firefighter and he got called down to the scene. He didn’t go inside the building, but he did help put out the fire with the other fire department members.” –Safiya Adams ‘15
“After people got past the initial shock there was a remarkable calm. People were very upset, but there wasn’t a mass hysteria. The staff was able to explain to the kids what we knew without fear rising.” –Social Studies Teacher Mr. Jason Grant
“My mom was on the last ferry to New York, and they stopped it and she watched it happen. She was nine months pregnant, so if she’d gotten to the city the fumes would have been bad for her.” –Alex Kapadia ‘13
“I remember what class I was in. It was third period, Mr. Kapner’s class. I remember him talking about it with us. People were being displaced out of the armory, and teachers who were parked there had to move their cars. People were going down to the office and were trying to call their parents. I didn’t know exactly what was going on until I got home and watched TV.” -Math Teacher and WHS Alum ‘04 Mr. Adam Gerckens
It was going to be my uncle’s first day working at the World Trade Center but he slept through his alarm. –Casey Gillespie ‘13