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I Survived 9/11—These Are the 15 Questions Young People Ask Me the Most

Reader's Digest Logo By Helaina Hovitz of Reader's Digest | Slide 2 of 16: When the first plane hit and we felt the impact in our classroom, my first reaction was surprise, because I didn't know what was going on. That very quickly led to fear and panic as we did learn what happened, so I would say I was nervous, scared, and shocked. Those feelings amplified as I tried to walk home with my neighbors and more surprising things happened, like the police not letting us get home even though we told them we lived there because they were told to direct everyone to go uptown and out of harm's way.

What was your first reaction when the plane hit the First Tower?

When the first plane hit and we felt the impact in our classroom, my first reaction was surprise, because I didn't know what was going on. That very quickly led to fear and panic as we did learn what happened, so I would say I was nervous, scared, and shocked. Those feelings amplified as I tried to walk home with my neighbors and more surprising things happened, like the police not letting us get home even though we told them we lived there because they were told to direct everyone to go uptown and out of harm's way.
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