The United States of America experienced one of the greatest tragedies in its national history on September 11, 2001. Four American planes were hijacked, destroying the twin towers of the World Trade Center, severely damaging the Pentagon, and killing over 5,000 individuals.
While spurning affects across the nation and the world, Tigerville, SC, has felt no less of an impact from these events than any other city in the nation.
On the Tuesday of the terrorist attacks, students eagerly huddled around televisions in the administration and science buildings to carefully watch as new information was reported by CNN, NBC, and other broadcast stations.
“I could not believe what I was watching was real,” said Sara Friarson, sophomore, who saw the second plane fly into the South Tower live on television.
Shock and disbelief continued to transcend throughout the faculty and student body as news about the historic tragedy spread around campus.
Lindsey Dangerfield, sophomore stated, “I was surprised that someone could actually do this without anyone knowing about it beforehand.”
Though all students were in some way affected by the event, some student on campus found the situation a little closer to home.
According to international student Charlee Buitrago, a sophomore, his uncle was in one of the World Trade Center buildings early that morning. Buitrago’s uncle was scheduled to have a business meeting at 8 a.m.; however, upon arrival at the building, he was told his meeting was canceled due to lack of space.
Charlee’s uncle then went to get some breakfast. Moments later, he witnessed the planes crash into the trade center.
The campus also experienced effects of the tragedy through a speaker change for chapel service the Monday following the tragedy.
The original speaker was to fly in from California; however due to flight difficulties, Steve Crouse, campus minister, spoke at the following chapel.
“God uses these circumstances to make us realize how much we need him,” Crouse said in his message.
As the facts have settled into the minds, a number of student have turned to God for comfort. “At first it stunned me; I didn’t believe it at first,” said sophomore Emily Levassuer, “Later I realized how much more we need to be in prayer than we are.”
While conversations still center around September 11th and the events since, the faculty and students of North Greenville still look to the focus of the school, the cause of Christ, as a comfort in this seemingly perilous storm.
Header Photo: From left; alumna Jodi P. Tanksley (’99) says good-bye to her husband, Robert Matthew. Robert was leaving on the USS Roosevelt bound for the Mediterranean from Norfolk Naval Base following 9-11. Photo printed with permission from the Virginia Pilot.
Article, written by Skyliner news editor James Cogdill, was printed in the March 2002 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.