Middle school children from rural North Carolina were ordered to stop singing the national anthem at the 9/11 Memorial in NYC.
According to the New York Post, the children – making their final stop on their NYC field trip- were so touched by Ground Zero that the asked if they could sing the national anthem as a tribute to the lives lost on the site.
“Singing was their way of paying respect,” the teacher said. “They were doing it very reverently.”
Unfortunately, the children were interrupted by New York-hired security officers who shut them down immediately.
“You have to stop. This is considered a public demonstration!” the guard barked, insisting that the children needed a permit to sing.
“He could have waited 30 to 45 seconds for us to finish, or he could have stopped us before we started, and it wouldn’t have gone viral,” she said.
Went viral it did- after an angry mom posted it to the internet, the video accrued over 300,000 views.
When the children became visibly confused and upset, Waynesville Middle School music teacher Martha Brown told them that ‘this is a place where you need to respect authority even if you don’t understand it,’?” she said. It is unknown if she was speaking of just the 9/11 memorial or New York City in general.
A memorial spokeswoman told the Post that the situation was not handled properly.
“The guard did not respond appropriately,” she said. “We are working with our security staff to ensure that this does not happen again with future student performances.”
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