McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

CNHI Special Projects

September 11, 2011

McAlester area students remember Sept. 11, 2001

McALESTER — Various Pittsburg County students were asked by the News-Capital to try and recall what they were doing when they heard about the events on Sept. 11, 2001, and how that made them feel.

There were many students who could not remember the events of that day, as they were too young. But some kids did remember, and this is what they had to say:

Katelynn Creekmore, 14

McAlester

"I was getting my hair done by my mom while playing with Barbies. I remember my mom was crying and freaking out while watching it on TV."

Shelby Tatum, 15

McAlester

"I remember I just got home from school and it was on the news. My mom was watching it on TV and I thought my dad was there cause he is a fireman. I was too young to understand what was going on. It was my dad’s birthday that day and he was actually fighting a fire the day it was going on."

Zeke Carter, 18

Crowder

“I remember coming home and sitting on the couch, turning on the TV and there were two big ol’ buildings on fire. I wondered where it was and if it was close to here. I thought, ‘That’s scary.’”

James Bradley, 14

Stuart

“I remember there was this TV special going on and my mom wouldn’t let me watch it. But I heard something from around the corner about the Twin Towers crashing and the Pentagon and brave people taking the plane from terrorists."

Jonny Allen, 15

Savanna

“I was at daycare and my mom came and picked me up and took me to Grandpa’s house. We turned on the TV and saw buildings smoking. Then I went and played."

Reecie Curlee, 16

Stuart

“I was small. I remember my mom talking about it. She was very angry at one point and then kinda sad. She was talking about my grandpa who was right across the street from the building and she was worried about him.”

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