Residents recall the confusion, fear as word of attacks reached Missouri

“Sept. 11, 2001, was my first year as a principal,” said Lorie Winslow, principal of Blair Oaks Elementary School. “I remember that day hearing about the first tower that was hit and sort of blowing it off.”

In the minutes that passed, someone called the school and told them of the other events unfolding across the East Coast.

It was then that Winslow called then-Superintendent Rick Edwards, “wondering what we should tell the students and staff about the occurrences.”

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