I’m 18 now, but back then I was 10 or 11 and in the 4th grade. I remember walking into the computer lab, my favorite class of the day. Everything was going normal, my friends and I goofing off in the back of the classroom without computers. However soon everything started shaking. We all looked around wildly, wondering what could be the problem. I recall my friend saying “is this an earthquake?” and without hesitation I began to scream in my high pitched preteen voice “EARRRRRTTTHHHHQUAAAAKEEE!!!!”
We all dove underneath the computer desks as the shaking got worse. This was the first time in my life that I can recall ever swearing when scared, as the words “shit” and “fuck” had recently been added to my personal dictionary. By the time it was over, we had two e-macs (yeah, remember those big things?) fall to the ground, and everyone was visibly shaken. Right away everyone was called to their homerooms, and one by one parents started showing up to pick up their kids.
I live up on Beacon Hill, and nothing was even remotely damaged at my house. The only noticeable thing was my cat seemed to generally be scared shitless.
Aside from the bomb threat, best day of 4th grade ever.
By Brian Traverso