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English teacher recalls 9/11 event

Yessenia Prieto, Staff Writer

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On September 11, 2001, Mr. Colin Shaha was teaching Spanish at Northridge and Central High School. He remembers hearing the news on BBC Radio and National Public Radio and not doing any class-related things with his students to be aware of what was happening in New York.

At the time, his wife was in Italy and was supposed to fly back on September 12th but wasn’t able to because all flights to the United Stated were cancelled. He remembers listening to stories about people from Pennsylvania who were able to find out that their plane was being hijacked and wanted to stop their flight but were unable to. They were calling their families to say their last words.

One specific story he remembers is about a man who called his wife and said “I love you, take care of our daughter, and whatever you decide to do is fine with me: said the man.

“What do you say to your family when you know that you’re going to die?” asked Shaha.

“If i was in that position i would be a sobbing mess,” said Shaha.




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English teacher recalls 9/11 event