Middle school students visiting 9/11 memorial ordered to stop singing national anthem

Middle school students visiting 9/11 memorial ordered to stop singing national anthem
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In saner times, this would be unbelievable. Unfortunately, we no longer live in a sane world.

WXPI reported Friday that a group of middle school students from North Carolina on a field trip to the 9/11 memorial in New York City were ordered to stop singing the national anthem.

The reason? They didn’t have a permit.

Apparently, in liberal New York, one must have a permit to sing the national anthem. It should be noted, however, that according to the memorial’s website, groups wanting to perform must get a permit.

“Basically, they performed approximately half of the National Anthem and they were told by security to cease and desist,” said Waynesville Middle School principal Trevor Putnam. “And they, of course, complied immediately.”

WXPI added:

The students didn’t have a permit but did have a verbal OK from one security guard, according Connie Shepherd Scanlon, to the woman who recorded video of the choir’s performance.

“I think it’s terrible, being a veteran and such,” Bill Bright, a who was visiting the memorial, said. “Trying to instill on our youth the history of our country and the importance of our country; what we have here. So why stop them from singing our national anthem?”

The video of the students singing, which follows, has been shared on Facebook over 1,000 times.

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