Ray Currie, Biology Teacher
September 10, 2021
“The 20th anniversary, like every anniversary of 9/11, makes me feel sad for the families who lost loved ones to such a horrific event. However, it also makes me feel proud to be an American. Our military and government has protected us from any further foreign attacks on our soil and for that I am proud and very thankful.” – Ray Currie
The day started out normally at MCHS’s East Campus. Classes had just started back at school, because the year used to start after labor day. Just before 9:00 a.m. Linda Usrey, the librarian at the time, came down the hall and said that a plane hit one of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.
At the time, all Currie could do was watch the TV in fear as reporters talked of the damage at the World Trade Center and Pentagon in Arlington, VA. Soon after, the second plane hit and everyone realized this was an attack on the United States by another country.
Terror washed over everyone in the school as they realized the reality of what was going on. Currie and all the other teachers at East spent their classes watching the live coverage of the events with students.
There was no way to make sense of what they were witnessing on the news — the sheer carnage that was September 11, 2001. Currie found that 9/11 is “definitely the scariest and saddest day I had ever experienced in school.”