Manhattan High business teacher Paige McCarthy had the Boston Marathon showing on a projector in her classroom while her students worked.
Her sister, Tracy Epps, who lives in Tennessee, was running in the marathon. McCarthy hoped to see Tracy cross the finish line.
As it happened, the connection to the race was poor, causing it not to be clear that a bomb had exploded. Smoke rising from the scene provided the first sign.
“We were like, What is that?’” McCarthy said. She eventually turned the image off, still not knowing what happened or when her sister finished.
McCarthy said she only found out when her niece called toward the end of the school day. She said they were on a bus about two or three blocks away from the site of the bombing, which occurred between 15 and 30 minutes after Tracy crossed the line.
McCarthy attended her sister’s first Boston Marathon.
She said she might have gone to this one as well had it not been for a recent family vacation.