Remembering 9/11: Reflection on day that shook nation


by Collin Burwinkel
Eagle Editorial Board

Just over 12 years ago on a beautiful fall morning, the United States of America and the rest of the world was forever stained with the horror of the September 11 attacks. Huddled around TVs in coffee shops, local gyms or even in classrooms, the world witnessed a life changing and horror filled moment that left lasting effects on those who witnessed it.

Many of the teachers here on campus, as well as other people around the nation, remember exactly where and what they were doing the event.

“I was sitting in this exact spot as the classroom I’m in right now,” Theology teacher Jenny McConnell said. “We had big roller TVs on huge black carts at the time and I turned the news on and the class watched it with me live.”

Once word got out that McConnell had it on live, others were interested in what was happening as well.

“I had some other teachers coming in to watch it as well,” McConnell said. “I couldn’t believe what was happening.”

McConnell brought in the cover of the Houston Chronicle the next day and had all of her students who were in that class with her that morning sign it.

Others, including students at the time were in a dazed and confused state of mind.

“I was walking between classes and I heard these seniors behind me talking about it,” Theology teacher and student at the time Casey Johnson said. “At the end of second period, [then Principal] Fr. Schwenzer came on the announcements and told us what was happening.”

Many of the students, scared and unsure of what was happening called their parents and told them to come pick them up from school.

“I would say about 30 percent of the students left that day,” Johnson said. “Everybody was completely shocked and the day was pretty quiet.”

While all of the faculty members remember 9/11, most of the students do not, due to it happening 12 years ago.

“I was two years old, I don’t remember anything about it,” freshman Austin Tran said.

With the passing of another 9/11 anniversary, it is important to remember the victims and victims families of that awful tragedy. The nation will never forget the 102 minutes that changed the world.