Middle School Students Told to Stop Singing National Anthem at 9/11 Memorial

By Penny Starr | April 25, 2016 | 4:50pm EDT
Visitors walk around the 9/11 Memorial's two massive reflecting pools set within the original footprints of the twin towers. (AP photo/Mark Lennihan)

A group of middle school students from North Carolina visiting New York City last week were asked to stop singing the National Anthem at the 9/11 Memorial by security personnel halfway through their performance, a local ABC affiliate in that state reported.

“A local community is outraged after a local children's chorus is ordered to stop singing the National Anthem,” the ABC affiliate WLOS reported on Friday.


“According to the 9/11 Memorial's website, groups wanting to perform first must get a permit,” WLOS reported. “The Waynesville students didn't have a permit, but did get a verbal okay from a security guard.”

Waynesville Middle School principal Trevor Putnam said they were asked by another security guard to “cease and desist,” telling the students the memorial was treated like a burial place.

“Someone on the trip posted the video of the performance on Facebook and others immediately started commenting and sharing,” WLOS reported. “Many say the students shouldn't have been interrupted.”

Turns out, the students were given a chance by “Fox and Friends” to sing the whole song live on the program on Monday.

“A N.C. middle school choir ordered to stop singing the National Anthem at the 9/11 Memorial because they didn't have a permit – this morning we let them finish what they started!” a post on the “Fox and Friends” Facebook page says.

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