Stephen: 9/11 moment of silence now required by law in NY schools
Just in time for the 18th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the people of New York have passed a law which mandates public schools across the state to allow a brief moment of silence each year. CNN reports that the legislation is intended to “encourage dialogue and education in the classroom” and to ensure that future generations understand the 2001 terrorist attack. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law on Monday.
“9/11 was one of the single darkest periods in this state’s and this nation’s history, and we owe it to those we lost and to the countless heroes who ran toward danger that day and the days that followed to do everything we can to keep their memory alive,” says Cuomo. “By establishing this annual day of remembrance and a brief moment of silence in public schools, we will help ensure we never forget — not just the pain of that moment but of the courage, sacrifice and outpouring of love that defined our response.” As the outlet notes, there will soon be no students in the public school system that were born at the time of 9/11. The new law goes into effect immediately.