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Security Stops Middle School Choir From Singing National Anthem At 9/11 Memorial

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Security Stops Middle School Choir From Singing National Anthem At 9/11 Memorial

CBSOfficials at the Sept. 11 memorial in New York say one of their security guards shouldn’t have stopped a North Carolina middle school choir from singing the national anthem.

A spokeswoman for the memorial says the guard didn’t respond appropriately Wednesday when he silenced some 50 students from Waynesville in the middle of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

CBS New York reports that in the middle of their performance, the choir was approached by two security guards who told them to stop, because the singing could be considered a public demonstration.
Chorus teacher Martha Brown told Fox that one security guard at the memorial plaza had given the students permission to sing, but another guard told them to stop.

Groups wishing to perform at the Sept. 11 memorial are supposed to apply for a $35 permit. The North Carolina group did not.

This might be the most ridiculous thing you will ever see. Their excuse for stopping the National Anthem is that they didn’t apply for a $35 permit? I understand rules are rules, and if it was a flag burning demonstration I would applaud the security guards for shutting it down. But this was a group of middle school kids led by by the chorus teacher singing the NATIONAL ANTHEM! If this isn’t a perfect example of how far things have gotten out of hand in this country, I don’t know what is.

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