Wails could be heard throughout school hallways and classrooms the world over.
There was no learning to be had today.
One Direction fans have been overcome with emotion at the loss of the band's resident bad boy.
"HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO US?" fans exclaimed.
Because the One Direction we know has been altered forever.
Did you learn nothing from the Spice Girls, Zayn?!
Thousands of young people have taken to social media to air their overwhelming emotions at the news.
And there are so many tears.
AN OCEAN OF TEARS FOR ZAYN.
IT'S THE UNITED STATES OF TEARS.
Because he's everywhere.
Some fans are still in the the denial stage of their grief.
WHY, ZAYN, WHY?!
WE TRUSTED YOU, ZAYN.
How could you leave us?!?!
BuzzFeed News reporter David Mack contributed to this teen report.