Zoe Jones


As interviewed by Tiffany Pham, March 6, 2019

Zoe Jone: In Her Own Words

Tiffany Pham: Zoe Jones was a former teacher at Kealing Middle School. I met her at the beginning of last year when she used to work as a sixth grade science teacher. But later that year, she was pregnant with her newborn son. With that in mind, she decided to take a different job that would give her an opportunity to spend more time taking care of her child.
On September 11, 2001, was when the terrorist group, Al Qaeda struck. They had hijacked four planes. The first plane was maneuvered into one of the Twin Towers and the second into the other. The third crashed into the pentagon and finally, the fourth in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, although it was believed it was originally aiming towards the U.S. Capital or White House.
Their attacks devastated this country and everyone living here. Ms. Jones was seventeen when she experienced the distraught and terror of 9/11. She explains how it affected and brought despair to her, her brother, and a very close friend as well as all of the people she loves.
This is Tiffany Pham interviewing Zoe Jones.
Zoe Jones: So my brother actually worked in the Twin Towers, and he was a stockbroker. Luckily for us, he was home for a month and he was visiting the San Antonio branch. His plan was to go back to working in New York in the Twin Towers, but obviously, that plan changed. I don’t know why or how that happened. It was just a coincidence that he was not there, but was two weeks prior to the event. So that, I felt very, like, it hit me on a personal level that I could’ve known someone who was immediately affected.
Also a good friend of mine had just entered the navy. He wanted to join the navy because they were going to pay for his college. The day he was supposed to leave for bootcamp, 9/11 had actually happened the day before. All the planes were shut down, I forgot to mention. So they didn’t know what was going on, so they shut down all of the flights across America, just closed down all of the airports. He was supposed to be on a flight going to bootcamp. And I think was really hit home was that in his mind, ‘Oh, I’m going to go join the navy, and we’re not a war. We’re not in any kind of danger. I’m going to go join the navy, then go to college, then live my life.’
And In a matter of one day, he was joining the navy and in a war. He did go on several tours, where he was across seas and they started shipping everybody who was in any army or navy to work or to be at war basically. And so someone who was a junior or senior in high school was all of a sudden now going to war. And that’s how we felt. It was very shocking, like ‘wait what’? Now our country is at war, and now we’re defending ourselves. At first we felt very safe and now we don’t feel very safe.