Sunday, September 11, 2011


It was my first year of teaching. I had a 10th grade English class first thing in the morning and Brian Timberland, one of my students who's name I will never forget, told me as he came in to my room, "Ms. Condon, a plane hit the World Trade Center." I assured him that couldn't be right. When he insisted, I said, "Just like a little personal jet or something right?" He kept telling me it was a regular airliner. Our principal came on a few minutes later and confirmed the story. Being a new teacher and lacking confidence to make decisions on my own, I refused to put the tv in the room on. If I could go back, I would change that. I deprived those students of something extraordinarily significant. I really regret that.

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