Where were you on 9.11? NEVER FORGET!

Where were you on 9.11? NEVER FORGET!
Posted on 09/10/2021
9.11 towersWHERE WERE YOU ON 9.11?

You might not have been born as yet, as September 11, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of that dreadful day when terrorists hijacked four planes and were able to crash two of them into the World Trade Center's twin towers in New York and one into the Pentagon.

The remaining jet crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers overpowered the hijackers.

A day that started out with clear blue skies ended with a mass of twisted, smoldering metal where the Twin Towers once stood, leaving 2,977 people dead in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, along with the 19 hijackers.

Two of our educators, Principal Robert Brown and history teacher, Drew Daniels, share their reflections of that day. Principal Brown was teaching in another district and Mr. Daniels was teaching in the very same room where he teaches students, today.
Also, HPS Director of Communications, Beverly Snowden, was teaching English/Social Studies that day to 7th graders in another school system, but she also joins Brown and Daniels in sharing her reflections of this tragic day.

Interviews were conducted by Tanya Mendis with NBC-Charlotte, WCNC. 

Click link for interview with Brown and Daniels (and there's a 3rd teacher from another system).


Click link to hear Snowden's personal story from 9.11:


We also heard from Caroline Walker, teacher at Longview Elementary, who shared: 

"I was in a 4th grade classroom getting emails from a friend telling me what was going on in the world. I sent emails to the rest of the staff. 
Administration quickly spread word that we were not to tell our students anything because we didn't know for sure exactly what was happening. 
Our students deserved a few more hours of innocence. 
I can remember standing in the hall with another 4th grade teacher both of us shocked,  trying not to cry,  and planning how to make it through the day.
Our staff put on academy award winning performances for the day. Not one child knew anything was wrong."

And we also heard from JuJu Phillips, a teacher at Northview Middle who used to serve full-time as a radio host and sports announcer:

"I suspect, I'm one of the few educators who was in the media at the time of 9/11.

I was doing morning sports, and hijinks on WNNC and WXRC (Howard  Stern  Show ).
As I recall,  ABC Radio broke in  shortly after 8:45 AM.  The morning show with Lingafelt lasted from 5-9Am.   We  stayed live with ABC until  10AM and watched it on our TV monitor for WSOC. 
Now with students, I have several small activities planned.  I do have a few old textbooks from 2002 that include a special section about 9/11. 

The educational site- Brainpop has several excellent animated movies that I always use.   Each is between 5-10 minutes.    I try to present as much information as possible, then contrast it to what just happened in Afghanistan in the last few weeks." 

To our entire HPS Family-- we know that many of you have personal stories from that day. Our hearts and prayers go out to families who lost loved ones on 9.11 -- and during the past 20 years in the war against terrorism. 

Remember to thank a U.S. Veteran and anyone who serves to protect others including all branches of the military, those with the fire and police departments, medical teams and more. We honor ALL--and THANK YOU!

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