What do I do  

Date Submitted: 9/11/2016
Author Info: Shawn (Ann Arbor - USA) 
Occupation: Executive/Senior Management 
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No 
Knew someone who perished?: No 

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I was at home relaxing in bed during a day off. My assistant called and asked if I'd seen the news about the plane that had just crashed into a building in New York. I started making my way to the TV when he said "don't they see the building! They are going to hit it!" I turned my TV on and the first image I saw was of the 2nd plane hiting the second tower. I was at a loss of what emotion I was feeling, it was a combination of very instant and acute disbelief, deep sadness, fear, helplessness, worry, concern, and pain. My physical reaction was an inability to make a sound or remain standing. I sat down on the bed, then my first thought was my kids. I had to get my 6 son and 12 year daughter from school. They need to be with us. I had to protect them. I hurried to the schools. The first secretary tried to assure me that they were OK, but without my saying a word she saw from my expression that this was not really a request. She seemed to pause, and sincerly re-think her statement to me that "it's not necessary to take the kids out of school".  

 

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As America confronts these tragic circumstances, it is imperative that the situation is not compounded by expressions of religious or ethnic intolerance. The greatness of our nation rests on the exceptional diversity of religions, nationalities, and ethnic backgrounds which characterize its people.

Statement of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
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