Saturday, September 15, 2012

Walmart Madness #47! Cops Called On Choir

On the 11th anniversary of 9/11, students from Coconut Palm Elementary in Miramar, Fla., showed up at a local Walmart clad in patriotic red, white and blue, to sing God Bless America as part of an arranged tribute. The 75 young chorus members, ages 7 to 10, were born after the Sept. 11, 2001, attack. But they had learned from their families and teachers the significance of the date and what their singing meant.
The group’s excitement turned to disappointment on Tuesday evening when a Walmart representative refused to honor an agreement allowing the chorus to sing inside the store, according to Coconut Palm Elementary Principal Terri Thelmas.
Thelmas said school staff and parents led the singers outside the store, where they gathered under a nearby flag that was at half-staff. The children performed God Bless America. The group had headed to its cars when police showed up in response to a report of a “flash mob situation.”

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