Very few, if any, could comprehend the impact of the September 11th attacks as they were happening, but two groups of students at Hopkinsville Community College were certainly considering that question with different perspectives in the classroom of local historian William Turner as they took two separate tests.
The attacks had just happened and many of his students were unaware of what was going on for the morning class, which included WHOP’s Adam May as a student.
Turner says those students performed well for the most part, but afternoon class students taking a similar exam couldn’t focus and he learned a lesson from the stark difference in scores.
It may seem impossible in today’s world, but there was a unity across the country and the community in the weeks following 9/11 that Turner says he only saw twice during his teaching career.
Turner told his class that morning that they’d never forget being in his class on the morning of September 11th, 2001—and they most certainly never will.