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

wayensville_1461350826130_3936230_ver1.0_640_360_3934747_ver1.0_640_360In sane 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 were ordered to stop singing the national anthem outside the 9/11 memorial in New York on Wednesday.

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.

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“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 has been shared on Facebook over 1,000 times.

The video can be seen here.  Of course, that assumes Facebook won’t pull it down.

What do you think?  Should students wanting to sing the national anthem be required to get a permit to do so?  Let us know in the comments below.


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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