Leave it to Walmart to have elementary school children booted out for singing “God Bless America”. On Thursday, Walmart apologized for kicking out the 75 school children honoring 9/11 victims by singing.
When 75 school children along with their teachers and families want to honor 9/11 victims it kind of feels crazy not to allow it, right? Well, on September 11th, school children were kicked out of Walmart Pembroke Pines store by the manager on duty, who was allegedly not aware the kids were set to perform there.
Two days after the shocking refusal, Walmart Florida issued an apology and explained the mess was caused by a miscommunication. “We regret this happened and apologize to the students, parents and the school for this experience. Unfortunately this was a situation of miscommunication, and it should have been handled differently” reads the company’s apology to the school children one of it managers kicked out on September 11.
Miscommunication or not, the Walmart manager on duty September 11 was really serious about protecting the company. He turned down 75 children dressed in red, white and blue who all they wanted to do was to perform a concert in honor of 9/11 victims, just as the store manager promised.
But when the kids from Coconut Palm Elementary School in Miramar showed up Tuesday night at Walmart’s doors, the manager on duty told them the store manager was fired. In fact, the manager that night not only told kids, parents and teachers the 9/11 tribute would be a liability, but he even called the police.
Spokesperson Alex De La Paz for the Pembroke Pines Police said “some of the officers felt that it wasn’t a police issue”. The manager on duty called the police to have the 75 children age 7 to 10 escorted from the store’s premises. He told officers it was a “flash mob situation”.
Obviously to the sight of police officers showing up many of the school children outside the Florida Walmart store broke down in tears. And that’s not a sight parents like to see. So Walmart announced the kids are all invited “back to the store to help honor the victims and fallen heroes”.