Just after being injured in what was the deadliest attack in New York City since the 9/11 attacks, high school student Noah Salz of Brooklyn was back in school the very next day with his fellow classmates.
On Halloween, Sayfullo Saipov rented a truck and drove down the West Side Highway bike path in lower Manhattan mowing down anyone in his way, which included a school bus that Noah Salz was on. This horrific accident left eight people dead and 12 injured, including another student and two adults that were on the bus.
Salz told Eyewitness News, WABC7 NY, "I heard a loud crash sound and the bus matron landed right on me. I started to cry and then I said, I just want to get out of here as quickly as I can. Then I sat there for a minute and heard a gunshot, and I heard it and it was really loud."
After Salz was taken to New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital with minor injuries, he quickly insisted that he attend school the very next day because he didn't want to ruin his perfect attendance record.
Few kids would want to go back to school immediately, after having endured such a traumatic experience.
"I told myself I’m going to be fine because a lot of people want to help me," the 17-year-old told the Chancellor Of the New York City of Education Carmen Fariña.
When asked by a reporter why he wanted to return to his school the next day, Salz said: "Because I wanted to go, because I wasn't hurt and I wasn't injured."
Fariña noted that even when the teen's bus didn't show up the day after the attack, Salz's mother used a car service to ensure that her son made it to school.
It seems like there is nothing that will stop Salz from getting a perfect attendance award at the end of the school year.
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