Sunday, June 24, 2012

Junior High School Students Tossed From 9/11 Memorial For Tossing Trash

The NY Daily News is reporting that students from JHS 292 in Brooklyn were kicked out of the National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center for throwing trash into the reflecting pools that are intended to symbolize the destruction of the Twin Towers.
A group of Brooklyn students on a school trip to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum were booted from the hallowed site after they callously hurled trash into its fountains. The vile vandals from Junior High School 292 in East New York treated the solemn memorial — its reflecting pools honoring the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks — like a garbage dump. 'They kicked us out because of littering in the water. Kids were throwing baseballs in the pond thing,' said eighth-grader Anthony Price, 14, of East New York, who insisted he wasn't one of the troublemakers. In addition to the baseballs, witnesses reported seeing empty plastic soda bottles and other refuse in the water on Thursday. 'They were making jokes and throwing stuff in the fountain. It didn't seem like a big deal,' added another student on the trip who refused to give his name. Department of Education officials have launched an investigation into the students' shenanigans. Tourists visiting the site Saturday said they were disgusted by the students' filthy acts. 'That is an absolute disgrace,' said Sharon Hooks, 55, a school teacher from Hartford, Conn. 'I don't care if these children were too young to remember the events of that day. They need to be taught to be respectful.' Rene LaRosa, of Saddle Brook, N.J., pinned the blame squarely on the shoulders of the students.
It's all the more reason that the museum needs to be opened and people understand the importance of the site. These kids apparently have no understanding of the importance of the site and don't have any respect for what happened, the site itself, or how to act in solemn manner. They were more interested in figuring out whether trash floats or gets carried off into the pools over the waterfalls into the abyss below. And apparently another kid from the same group had several bullets confiscated during the security screening.

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