9/11 memorial officials respond after Waynesville students ordered to stop singing


    9/11 memorial officials respond after Waynesville students ordered to stop singing (Photo credit: WLOS)

    WAYNESVILLE, N.C. -- A local school chorus has received an apology after being ordered to stop singing the national anthem at the 9/11 memorial in New York last week.

    The Waynesville Middle School chorus was visiting New York City as part of an educational trip when they began singing the anthem outside of the memorial, and were requested to stop midway through.

    According to the 9/11 Memorial's website, groups that want to perform first must get a permit.

    Officials at the memorial told News 13 the security guard did not respond appropriately by making the middle school group stop singing.

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    A spokesperson for the memorial told News 13 via phone they want students to have a positive experience, and stopping them in the middle of the performance was not the best way to do that.

    "The guard did not respond appropriately. We are working with our security staff to ensure that this will not happen again," 9/11 Memorial spokesperson Kaylee Skaar said. "We reached out to the school to express our regret for how this was handled, and asked the principal to share how we felt with the students. We welcome the choir to return to the Memorial for another visit in the future."

    Skaar says they are working with staff to ensure this does not happen again with future student performances.

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