On Tuesday, October 31, 17-year-old Noah Salz was injured in a deadly terrorist attack in lower Manhattan. The very next day, Salz showed up to school “because he was working on 100 percent perfect attendance,” New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña revealed in a meeting with Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday.
NYC Terror Attack
The teen was on his way to school when his bus was struck by the suspect’s truck near Stiuyvesant High School.
“I heard a loud crash sound and the bus matron landed right on me,” Salz told ABC News.
According to ABC News, the collision left the school bus mangled. A 14-year-old girl was also injured in the wreck. She’s now suffering from a fractured hip, internal bleeding, and a laceration to the liver.
What New York Is All About
Following the incident, Salz was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, but was released shortly after. Assuming the students would want the day off, the teen’s school bus didn’t show up at his stop the next morning.
“One of the students that was on the bus, we all assumed would not come back the next day,” Fariña said. “His mother took a car service from Brooklyn to Manhattan to deliver her child to school,” Fariña continued. “That’s what New York is all about.”
When ABC News asked why he wanted to return to school the next day, Salz had a simple answer.
“Because I wanted to go, because I wasn’t hurt and I wasn’t injured,” Noah said.
Their Duty to Be Back
Mayor de Blasio visited with students and school officials at Stuyvesant High School on Thursday morning. Following the incident, students at Stuy High said they felt it was their “duty” to show up the next day to mourn those who were lost and to show that “terror would not stop us,” de Blasio said in a statement.
It was amazing to hear New York City students talk about their choice to be resolute in the face of Tuesday's attack. pic.twitter.com/bGC8pgxxed— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 2, 2017
Everyone at the school “handled a very tough situation exceptionally well,” de Blasio continued. “The training and preparation worked. They called the alert immediately to shelter in place and students could tell it was not a drill… no one stopped and questioned.”