Barb Drufke, Art Teacher

September 10, 2021

“I still have a feeling of sadness, but remember how much my family and future husband came together at such a time. When I take an airplane and am going through TSA, I think about a more trusting time in the world.” – Barb Drufke

The pavement rushed under Barb Drufke as she travelled from West Campus to East on September 11, 2001. Suddenly a wave of disbelief and sadness shuddered through her when she heard on the radio out a plane had crashed into one of the Twin Towers. 

This same disbelief continued as she heard, “A second plane has just crashed into the South Tower.” Drufke couldn’t believe that the news of one one plane crashing turned into the news of a second, a third, and a fourth. 

The only immediate reaction she could have at that moment was sadness and fear for what could happen next. The possibility of more horrors hung over every American’s head as they took in the news. 

Drufke spent the day with her students watching the news in observance of this tragedy, feeling the immediate after effects. “Society was quite different immediately after and we are still feeling the effects of it,” she remembered. “Our sense of security was shattered.”