Kids throw garbage in Sept. 11 memorial pool

Associated Press

Associated Press

Learning to ignore bad children and parenting is a painful but worthwhile endeavor, though it retards the advancement of civilization.

Despite my zen, I’m not sure I could have turned the other cheek if I’d observed junior high students tossing garbage into the reflecting pool at the September 11 Memorial in New York City.

Fox News reports one of the kids was detained by police for having bullets in his pockets.

“These kids just need to be educated about what happened there,” said New Yorker Anthoula Kastinatides, whose brother died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The kids were on a summer field trip with a Brooklyn public school. New York’s school chancellor said the students who threw garbage into the memorial, which opened Sept. 11, 2011, in Lower Manhattan, may be punished. The kid that had ammunition faces a police investigation.

And who knows, maybe a parent will get involved?

118 comments Add your comment

Not Surprised

June 26th, 2012
12:04 pm

Is anyone suprised…A Liberal city, state, and public school system. I hear Bloomberg is considering giving the kids the key to the City. He will probably be one upped by Obama!

Rod Unspared

June 26th, 2012
12:08 pm

Several rounds with a cherry laurel switch is in order. But if they are that brazen/stupid, reform school probably wouldn’t even teach them anything.

Rick

June 26th, 2012
12:09 pm

What does anyone expect from the thug culture. They need to be whipped and you can tell them I said so.

Seriously

June 26th, 2012
12:13 pm

“New York’s school chancellor said the students who threw garbage into the memorial, which opened Sept. 11, 2011, in Lower Manhattan, may be punished.” MAY!!??? Setting aside for the moment the fact that this is a memorial, isn’t littering still illegal? The real question should not be “Will they be punished?”, but it should be “What type of puniishment will most likely teach them proper respect?” Unfortunately, respect for others seems to be a rare quality in young folks today.

Jrev

June 26th, 2012
12:16 pm

Not Surprised, I honestly feel sorry for you if you truly believe this has anything to do with party affiliation. This is digusting, but your post is part of what is wrong with America and is also disgusting. Utterly pathetic apoplexy-inducing post. Or, perhaps I’ve been troll-baited by a 10 year old. Let’s hope for the latter.

CTW

June 26th, 2012
12:16 pm

I dont really think NYC being “liberal” has anything to do with disrespect of a national memorial. It’s the parents who arent teaching their children respect.

Hmm

June 26th, 2012
12:17 pm

Actually, I heard they were republicans protesting the Hispanics and announcing that the us shouldn’t regulate where they throw their trash! Not surprised is pretty ignorant…

JRHD

June 26th, 2012
12:17 pm

I spent eight years in the Marine Corps and I have an idea for punishment. Send them to Parris Island in August for a week. Let them spend some quality time w/ a Marine Corps Drill Instructor and I guarantee you they will come back with a new perspective on life, what it means to be an American and the significance of that reflecting pool.

ssmith

June 26th, 2012
12:19 pm

Make them get in there and clean it up. That would be a start.

Booze Hound

June 26th, 2012
12:21 pm

Billy

June 26th, 2012
12:25 pm

Must be all of the soda.

Roekest

June 26th, 2012
12:26 pm

@ JRHD,

Just a week??? I think a full enlistment is what these brats require.

Dr.RN

June 26th, 2012
12:26 pm

We just went there and had to go through security? How did this kid get by with bullets? Maybe groups did not have to do such….

So sad

christy

June 26th, 2012
12:28 pm

Utterly disgusted. Alot of Kid’s these days have no respect for others or property in general. Make Kid’s do Community service and walk around the City and help clean it up.

Duane Greene

June 26th, 2012
12:32 pm

GOING TO NEW YORK IN JULY DOES ANYONE KNOW IF IT OK TO THROW PENNYS/QUATTERS ETC (COIN) INTO THE WISHING WELL . . . =COULD BE FOR PRAYER, NOT SELFISH WISHES AS OF THE RELIGIOUS CONTENATION OF THE WISH FOUNTAIN? PLS GET BACK TO ME, SUMMARY: PENNY/QUATTER IN NEW YORK FOUNTAIN? TX U

Tag

June 26th, 2012
12:32 pm

Lack of parenting.
I’m not surprised.

770to345

June 26th, 2012
12:32 pm

Congrats to “Not Surprised” and anyone else who can somehow turn this political. These kids aren’t the only ones who missed the lessons taught by 9/11.

Obvious

June 26th, 2012
12:33 pm

Children are usually a reflection of their parents.

Patriot

June 26th, 2012
12:37 pm

@ Duane: First, pray that you can turn off the caps lock on your computer. Second, instead of throwing pennies into what you call a “wishing well” for a prayer, why don’t you just pray instead. Prayers are free, they don’t require change.

Jethro B

June 26th, 2012
12:41 pm

How could any school kid not know what this memorial was for? Could they be that ignorant??

Really not suprised

June 26th, 2012
12:44 pm

“Is anyone suprised…A Liberal city, state, and public school system”

This has nothing to do with Liberalism, as if you even understand what that means which I doubt you do.

For the benefit of all you conservative mouthpieces, if it wasn’t for liberal ideas no progress would ever have been made in this country.

By definition: Conservative – disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.

By definition: Liberal – favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
Favoring or permitting freedom of action, especially with respect to matters of personal belief or expression.

I see the word freedom a lot in the definition of liberal. So what exactly do you conservative mouthpieces espouse? Limited change? There’s another word for that: stunted.

gadem

June 26th, 2012
12:46 pm

Most kids and parents are so selfish in today’s society. I am sure that the parents will defend the kids as being kids…

tpepper

June 26th, 2012
12:46 pm

Hey Jerry Sandusky, we have a job for you!

SAWB

June 26th, 2012
12:49 pm

When I see a story like this it makes me wonder why we are not building more prisons as rapidly as possible.

Almab

June 26th, 2012
12:50 pm

Ignorant people are all around us, Not Surprised! What those kids did, had nothing to do with President Obama. Are you responsible for everyone on this planet? or their behavior?. One more ignorant person that blames him foreverything. .Wow, Mr Obama is really omnipotent to be responsible for everything and everyone that goes wrong. Keep it real! The parents and the kids are responsible for their actions!! They should be the ones to get in the pool and clean it up, kids AND parents.(and maybe you too, Not surprised) and make them read what the pool stands for and do 10 book reports!

T-Money

June 26th, 2012
12:52 pm

They need to let Jerry Sandusky baby sit these kids for a few hours as punishment.

6Digitballin

June 26th, 2012
12:55 pm

Whoop ‘em!

Ralph

June 26th, 2012
12:59 pm

My father was a school principal back in the day. He had a “board of education” about 18 inches long, 6 inches wide, with holes drilled in it to assure blisters that would keep on giving. It was pretty effective in civilizing youngsters who need firm guidance. Of course he would let their parents know about the misconduct so most of them would catch it when they got home too. When he died, several men in their seventies told me how his “board of education” had done them a lot of good.

Almab

June 26th, 2012
1:03 pm

Right on 6Digitballin!! And whoop em so they can feel it and think before doing something so disrespectful again!!

Billy

June 26th, 2012
1:15 pm

Some people have no values. I won’t go into detail here, but certain people don’t make it a point to be blessing to others, and in fact go in the opposite direction, and that to the extreme. You reap what you sow; sowing negative things means negative things will come back around. Grow a conscience…

you heard it here

June 26th, 2012
1:17 pm

“Parents are a childs first teacher….” “the apple doesn’t roll far from the tree…..” “you aren’t going to punish my child….” and we wonder about these sorts of things….

nsnstv

June 26th, 2012
1:18 pm

RIck @ 12:09 pm

Jerry Sandusky…what do you expect from middle aged white male culture? They need to be whipped and you can tell them I said so.

Rick, way to make assumptions and generalizations.

SparetheRod?

June 26th, 2012
1:21 pm

Wasn’t it in NY state where the kids were so hateful towards the bus monitor? Send these kids down south where “thank you” and “yes Ma’am” are still common virtues and can be instilled with a hickory switch or pear tree vine.

Beth

June 26th, 2012
1:23 pm

I was at the memorial in December 2011. Some adults were throwing coins into the pools like it was for good luck. A wonderful volunteer outfitted in a vest came over and asked them to stop. Then she proceeded to talk about the meaning of the 9/11 Memorial. There were a few other volunteers but not nearly enough to handle summer crowds. I appreciated her actions.

Just another day

June 26th, 2012
1:30 pm

Let’s say it wasn’t a National Memorial, would it have been OK then? The problem is lack of respect period. It their parents had been there they probably would have joined in and the one who had the ammo was probably holding it for his dad. It all starts at home and thats the problem. It started at home!

PR

June 26th, 2012
1:32 pm

Can’t blame the parents. Most of the kids probably don’t know who their daddy is. Probably have at least one relative already behind bars too. Bet momma’s on welfare.

BusGranny Wins

June 26th, 2012
1:35 pm

Made ‘em ride the bus with that (now) rich bus granny. She can get in some therapeutic azz whuppin’!

Sad Mom

June 26th, 2012
1:36 pm

I was 6 weeks away from giving birth to my first son when 9/11 happened. If either of my boys did anything like this, to teach them the respect and to make it stick for a good long while, I would make them not only clean it up, they would also have to send apology letters to each family that lost a family member(s) that day. In each letter, they would include the name of each family member that was lost, how old they were, etc. They would understand the magnitude of that day and the respect that should be given to those families then.

MH

June 26th, 2012
1:37 pm

The fact they are on a field trip in Late June should say it all!! I believe most kids are out for the summer.

Jamo

June 26th, 2012
1:41 pm

I agree. Turn them over to Bus Granny!

Shirl

June 26th, 2012
1:44 pm

It does not matter what area of the city kids come from, i.e. thug culture, uppity culture, because I witnessed non-thug culture kids, as Rick called these kids, disrespecting a Washington D.C. memorial last month. Some Kids today have no respect because they have not been taught respect at home.

joshua d.

June 26th, 2012
2:01 pm

i remember the day of 9/11. i was a freshman in highschool. and even while it was happening i thought “yeah its tragic that these planes hit these buildings…but why is this scaring people the way it is?” it wasnt that i was ignorant, truth be told i made really good grades all through school…but there was certainly a lack of understanding…maybe these kids just need to be educated about the magnitude of this event…i know i had to be….

William

June 26th, 2012
2:08 pm

JRHD – you are the only one with the RIGHT solution. Physical punishment should at least be a start in educating these “kids”. Personally, I would make the week not on Parris Island but downtown Iraq or Afghanistan, but that is me.

Former Navy – 8 years…..

casper09

June 26th, 2012
2:10 pm

so sick in tired of those folks that tend to bring politics into everything this is not a liberal or a conservative concern please just stop it for once and look at our society as a whole it goes back to parenting many americans have forget thier greates responsibility is still to raise good law abiding and caring children and until we get back to those values we will continue to see these types of things happening everyday

jagdonald

June 26th, 2012
2:15 pm

This is today’s youth. They have no respect for authority, adults, or others in general. It is a “ME” generation being raised by parents who don’t give a C*R*A*P about anything. These kids should have to serve community service cleaning trash in the parks and around the memorial for a month. Their parents should have to serve with them as well.

casper09

June 26th, 2012
2:16 pm

you know i just rememberd something as a young man grwoing up in baltimore thinking about once of my most memorable field trips down to fort mchenry, the flag house and federal hill before we got off the bus my teacher make sure we knew the importance of these greats sightr we were visiting and the roles they play to shape our country we were like sponges making sure we soaked it all in forever grateful to be americans and bein so excited to see a piece of history where were the folks that should have made these hyoungfolks aware that they were standing on hollow grounds a special place to remember our loves ones and heroes of 911

Zane Smith's Teeth

June 26th, 2012
2:23 pm

Bloomberg is a Republican…

Colin

June 26th, 2012
2:35 pm

As soon as I read that the kids were on a fieldtrip from a Brooklyn public school, I had pretty low expectations for them. Nevertheless, their parents should be embarrassed by the actions of the kids and punish them. We know the school won’t.

Tea Party Meber

June 26th, 2012
2:35 pm

U no they where not white

Cynthia

June 26th, 2012
2:36 pm

I was at the Memorial in May and some parent set his kid on top of the wall right on some of the names—-can you believe that? A security guard had to go over and tell him to remove his kid.
Also, heard that the grass that has been planted near the trees continually gets trampled—guess
some of the vistiors think it is a park for their use. What part of Memorial do you not understand?