I saw this topic on another message board, and got curious.
I was at work. I had no clue until I ended up on hold and some businesses when you are put on hold have a radio station going so you listen to music and I happened to go into hold as an announcer said, “And the World Trade Center is no more!” and I just kind of froze. We had no radio or anything going at work, ever. None of us - as we all started work that day at 8am - had a clue that anything out of the ordinary was going on. A group of my co-workers were at the WTC that day - in the offices of a client - none of them survived, for the floor was above where the plane hit, and I believe it was one of the companies listed later as having only a few survivors - and the survivors were later determined to survive for they were not in the office at the time of the disaster.
We were sent home early but before I left the office, I got a call from my younger daughter’s school, she was 12 almost 13. n this area you need a permission slip for literally everything - except this.
Many ‘experts’ were saying Philadelphia was a prime target for another attack. In this area, that was mentioned at least once a minute with all these “what you should do” clauses after it.
When you watch something live like that as it happens, they show the same scenes in various angles - but the announcers talk and say things and kids easily get mixed up. She was left with the impression that all of NYC was gone, not just the towers. She heard mention of Washington, DC and the Pentagon, but thought that entire city was gone as well. And with all the talk of Philadelphia and the plane that landed in western PA in a field, she thought that all of Philadelphia was also gone. The school called saying she was traumatized. What did I want them to do? My hubby and I both worked in different parts of Philadelphia at the time. The entire SE part of PA was in a panic, traffic was stopped for miles on every road as people tried to get home for work or school or where ever they may have been when the city started shutting every thing down. I told the one who called me to fire the teacher that allowed them to watch something so traumatic with out permission from parents. Ended up more than 85% of the kids in her school ages 11 to 14 were traumatized and most did not try to return to school until some time the following week - schools were closed in this area on 9/12 and 9/13. The kids had sat there from before 9am when it first came on the air until they were sent home near 12pm - watching that over and over and over. Traumatized? I guess so, she thought she was orphaned that day sigh