City School Kids Evicted from 9/11 Memorial Site After Dropping Trash in Fountains During Field Trip

Ben Chapman et al., NY Daily News, June 24, 2012

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.


In a separate incident on the same field trip, kids said one of their classmates was busted for attempting to bring firearm ammunition to the site.

“The kid had three bullets when they went through the metal detector,” said a JHS 292 student who wouldn’t give his name because he feared the other kids might take revenge.


Police said they discovered three .33-caliber rounds in a plastic bin in the security area of the monument on Thursday, but they did not make any arrests.


[Editor’s Note: According to this website, PS 292 is 61 percent black, 34 percent Hispanic, and 1 percent white.]


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