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Lincoln-Sudbury superintendent apologizes after failing to conduct moment of silence to commemorate Sept. 11 anniversary

Posted by Your Town  September 12, 2013 07:17 PM

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The superintendent of Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School says she received an outpouring of complaints after she failed to conduct a moment of silence Wednesday to commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack.

In a letter to Lincoln-Sudbury families, superintendent Bella Wong said she held a moment of silence on Thursday in an attempt to make up for the oversight.

"As you may know through communication from your children I did not do a moment of silence for 9/11 yesterday,'' Wong wrote. "I received many student emails yesterday expressing disappointment that that had not happened. Today I responded by offering a moment of silence during the morning announcements.''

In a nearby community, the principal of Concord-Carlisle High School apologized to parents about the school’s opening ceremony on Wednesday in which a Muslim poem was recited over the intercom but the Pledge of Allegiance was not. In that case, the school was fostering cross-cultural understanding, and the student who was supposed to read the Pledge was unavailable.

Wong said she was proud of the way the students raised their objections. Here are Wong's remarks to the student body:

“As you know yesterday was the 12th anniversary of tragic events of 9/11/2001 and different from other years for you I had not offered a moment of silence. I received many emails through last evening from many of you, our students, that thoughtfully expressed how disappointed you were by that decision. While the events of 9/11 will remain a terrible memory for us always I was quite taken by your expressions of caring for the personal loss of others and wanting and needing to demonstrate a solidarity of support as a community. I am and you should also be quite proud of the thoughtful way many of you took care to express yourselves in a way that was poignant and respectful amidst the many emotions the memory of 9/11 can evoke. While I cannot turn back time I do offer you this opportunity, now, a day later, to take a moment to reflect on the events of 9/11 as a community. Let’s take a minute all together.

"Many thanks to all of you and my best wishes to you on the rest of this day. “

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