Class is in session at Lee High School. But Wednesday, students aren't just studying history. They're living it. Student Megan McVey says, "It's weird, you know? I mean, I'll be able to tell my grandkids in 50 years that I went through September 11th and hopefully they won't have to go through something like that, but I can just sit there and tell them all the emotions I was going through."
Those emotions are running high, because these students have a connection with the lessons they're studying. Student Lindsay Pullfer says, "The people that died on September 11th are the people of my generation. The people that died at Pearl Harbor are the people of yesterday's generation. So I hope that the people who live 15 years from now will be just as affected by Sept. 11 as we are now."
Teacher Dennis Moore says the kids are paying attention like they never have before. He says, "They are more attuned to things that are similar and things we might draw some lessons about this event and it's aftermath. So it's actually made the job a little more immediate, a little more meaningful, and from a teachers standpoint a little easier. "
Just one year later, history books already mention the attacks. But students say the text can't do it justice. Student Brian Helmick says, "The book won't be able to go into the detail that the students and the teachers who have lived through it can and they can share personal experiences on it."
And with so many personal experiences, students say this day won't be forgotten soon. Student Sam Dungan says, "Five years from now, it'll still be just as vivid as it is now or just a couple days after the event. It'll take a long time for people to forget this." Student Jesse Wilson says, "I don't think it will ever fade away. It will always live in infamy."
Like many schools, Lee High School participated in a moment of silence Wednesday morning.