75 elementary school students singing “God Bless America” were kicked off the premises of a Florida Wal-Mart — and had the police called on them — even though the school principal had obtained the store’s prior permission. The little kids meant the song as a way to honor those who died on 9-11.
CBS Miami reports from Pembroke Pines, Florida, Sept. 13, 2012:
Coconut Palm Elementary Principal Terri Thelmas, 75 students and their parents were kicked off Wal-Mart property Wednesday evening.
Were they protesting the high price of school supplies? Nope. The Miramar principal and her students were simply trying to sing “God Bless America” to honor the fallen heroes of 9-11.
According to Thelmas, the store manager gave her approval the week before to sing the one-minute song inside the Wal-Mart, located at Pines & Flamingo in Pembroke Pines.
Around 7 p.m. Wednesday, the group showed up and the manager-on-duty told them they were a “liability” and that the kids would not be allowed to sing.
So, the kids went outside the store to sing. That’s when things got ugly: the manager called Pembroke Pines police to have them removed from the property.
Thelmas doesn’t understand why, on a day reserved for patriotism and reflection, Walmart was more concerned with lawsuits than exemplifying its commitment to the local community.
Go here to see CBS Miami’s video on this disgraceful incident. The video does say that a Wal-Mart spokesperson later issued an apology to the students and attributed the incident to “miscommunication.” BS!
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Here’s contact info for that Wal-Mart store:
12800 Pines Blvd (Flamingo Pines Shopping Center), Pembroke Pines, FL 33027
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