9/11 Moment of Silence in East Islip, NY Elemetary Schools sign now

The East Islip School District Superintendent, Mr. Wendell Chu unilaterally decided that he would not allow elementary schools within his district to have a moment of silence in memory of 9/11. He implemented this on the 8th Anniversary of this cowardly attack on our country. East Islip is located less than 50 miles from Ground Zero. Many families in our district lost parents and loved ones on 9/11.

There was no warning to parents prior to 9/11/09. I first found out about this at a Timber Point PTA meeting at on 9/14/09. There was also no warning from the principals of any of the schools. This despite the schools ability to quickly contact each parent via a telephone message or official letter to each child's home.

I immediately contacted Mr. Chu via e-mail. He admitted that this was his personal decision.

This is what he had to say:

"Most of the children in our elementary schools were very young on September 11, 2001 and some were not even born yet. I believe that parents should be the ones to broach the subject of this day with their children. I feel that young students need to feel safe and secure, understand that bad things happen, but feel that these events are very rare, and the human spirit does amazing things in the face of adversity. Our students' preparation for thoughts about these issues varies greatly and my decision was really a desire to be sensitive to the feelings of parents, not a desire to ignore the day." He says this despite not warning the parents that he had no plans to honor our country with a simple moment of silence and a lack of discussion in the classroom.

Do you agree with his statement? If he wanted parents to "broach" the subject, then he should have warned the parents. He goes on to say that he wants to be "sensitive to the feelings of parents." He sounds like a politician that wants to see how the public feels before making a decision. I am sorry, but there is no decision here.

In the past all of the elementary schools had a special moment of silence and then sang "God Bless America." I feel this was appropriate and do not feel a child would be harmed or afraid by this. In fact, it would probably bring out feelings and thoughts that could be shared in the classroom. This never happened.

What upsets me most is that there was no warning that he would handle the day this way. I personally would have kept my son out of elementary school on 9/11/09.

Mr. Wendell Chu did find it important enough to allow the middle school and high school to have a moment of silence, and 9/11 was discussed in the classroom. Thank you Mr. Chu!

I respectfully requested that Mr. Chu give an apology to each person in our district (he did not acknowledge this) and let us know how he will treat 9/11 in the future (should he still be our Superintendent).

He indicated that he would "re-consider the way we remember 9/11 as a district and a community" but that he would "take it up at some later point in the year in preparation for next year's anniversary."

I do not see what was wrong with what was done in the past: 1) having a moment of silence and 2) singing "God Bless America." Is a special committee and months of meetings and discussions really necessary? I think this decision can be be saved from the bureaucratic BS and Mr. Chu can save us the anxiety of awaiting his decision. It wasn't broke, so there was no reason to fix it!

Mr. Chu ends his last e-mail with "I just want to get a better sense of how others feel." Please take a moment and let Mr. Chu know how you feel. Sign this petition. Share it with every patriotic American you know. Feel free to send Mr. Chu your feelings. His e-mail is: [email protected]
His office phone number is 631-224-2010.

Please sign this petition if you think that Elementary Schools in the East Islip School District should have a moment of silence to remember 9/11.

God Bless America.

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  • 12 February 20161000. Gregg M
    never forget
  • 10 February 2016999. Dorothy C
    I support this petition
  • 02 February 2016998. George Snyderretiredf
    No school Official has the right to do that on his own. Personal feelings should never have entered into that equation.
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    I Honor our Fallen!
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  • 02 January 2016990. Stephen F
    It's people like this that create an atmosphere of fear. Get some guts and make a decision -- the right one.
  • 19 December 2015989. John W
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  • 09 December 2015988. Natalie M
    Too many forget too soon!
  • 06 December 2015987. Paul Barbarak
    What a wonderful way of remembering that day
  • 05 December 2015986. Catherine E
    Seriously - it was a terrorist attack and people died - what is a moment of silence for one day out of 365 days.
  • 02 December 2015985. Bonnie A
    This was a totally insensitive decision.
  • 29 November 2015984. Joan M
    Have you already forgotten, how sad
  • 29 November 2015983. James Rm
    After the fighting has stopped; all is quiet. The children of the children of the fighters forget and in turn oppress
  • 21 November 2015982. Jodi C
    I support this petition
  • 17 November 2015981. Eileen H
    we were attacked & people were killed..a moment of silence to acknowledge
  • 17 November 2015980. Laurie F
    I support this petition
  • 12 November 2015979. Paula Dip
    America must NEVER forget 9/11/2001!!!!
  • 09 November 2015978. Micharel Gb
    Another Obama Communist
  • 04 November 2015977. Jenna Holder
    I support this petition
  • 02 November 2015976. Charles Dshemetd
    This moment in our history needs to be in the spotlight more often.. Never ignore anything as special as our History..
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    I support this petition
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    I support this petition

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