Blog #2


            Anxiously pressing the redial button time after time with no answer had left a Chico State student worried about her father, who was a pilot.  After the fourth time with no response she had no choice but to wait for a returned call knowing of his safety after the attack on U.S. soil. 

            Shawna Rubottom, senior, remembers waking up the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 as if it was another typical day of her freshmen year in high school.  As she was getting ready she received an unexpected phone call from her mother asking “have you looked at the news lately?”

            As her sister turned on the TV, she soon realized that an airplane had struck the twin towers.  Her first thought was to call her father who was flying to the East Coast that day.  After about an hour wait, she received a call from him letting her know of his safety.  He was stuck in Chicago because all the flights were cancelled. 

            “I was scared my dad was flying one of those planes,” she said. 




There was nothing but dead silence in the vehicle as the passengers sit on the edge of their seats attentively listening to the radio.  The Chico State student was speechless as he listened to a report from the Pentagon as the third plane shook the walls and the reporter said “it felt like a bomb.” 

            “It was the most quiet I have ever been in my life,” said Rusty Steel, 5th year student. 

            He remembers being mad as he woke up 20 minutes before his alarm was to go off, because his mom was shouting on the phone with his father.  He got up to figure out what the ruckus was all about and saw the attack on the twin towers on the TV.  All these questions overflowed in his head trying to make sense of what was happening. 

            “Who did this?” he asked himself. “How are we going to figure out who did this?” 

            With questions unanswered, he continued to get ready for school and went to class.  Class went on as normal and only small talk of the attack went on between lessons.  Steele asked to watch the news to answer his questions that have been lingering around and a math professor refused. 




Babysitting a 3-year-old and a 6-year-old is typically a difficult task when you have to entertain them with repeats of the same cartoon movie but this day was more difficult when non-stop questions were asked about the panicked adults and planes crashing into buildings.  After fighting her urge of watching the news, Chico State student Erica Spangler answered the questions with “everything is OK and your mom will tell you more when she gets home.” 

            But the truth was that she was “baffled” and couldn’t believe the attacks that had happened earlier that day on the twin towers.  She felt like it was unreal. 

            “It was like watching a TV show,” she said. 

            It didn’t hit her until later that week when she went to the football field for a candlelight visual for the victims and family members that were injured or killed in the attack.  It felt surreal to her.