"Students came into class that morning looking up at me hoping I had all the answers to why this all happened. They were curious, frightened, confused and anxious."
—Posted by Ellen
, an elementary school teacher, on Sept. 19, 2001, in an online forum
"As the cornerstone of a democratic society, schools educate children. It is crucial that we continue in that mission."
—Roy Romer, then-superintendent of the Los Angeles public schools, in a memo circulated the day of the attacks
"I want to reassure you that many people—including your family, your teachers, and your school counselor—love and care about you and are looking out for your safety."
—Laura Bush, then-first lady, in a letter to students following the attacks
"I'm a little shaky about being here right now. We just don't know what else they're going to hit."
, then a 17-year-old senior on returning to school
at Norman Thomas High School in Midtown Manhattan
"To lose our young students and their teachers as they were expanding their educational and professional horizons is extremely painful for all of us."
"I don't think many of the kids grasp the full meaning of this—I heard some students saying it looked like a Bruce Willis movie."
—Thomas J. Doland, then-supervisor of school psychologists for Chesterfield schools outside Richmond, Va.