PEMBROKE PINES (CBSMiami) — Walmart has apologized to a chorus of students after they were kicked off store property Wednesday evening for trying to sing a patriotic song to honor the victims of 9/11.
According to Coconut Palm Elementary School Principal Terri Thelmas, the store manager gave her approval last week to bring the students to the store to sing a one-minute rendition of “God Bless America” inside the Walmart, located at Pines & Flamingo in Pembroke Pines.READ MORE: BSO Searching For Tamarac Burglar Claiming To Be Deputy
Around 7 p.m. Wednesday, the group of 75 students and their parents showed up and the manager-on-duty told them they were a “liability” and that the kids would not be allowed to sing.
So, the kids went outside the store to sing. That’s when things got ugly: the manager called Pembroke Pines police to have them removed from the property.READ MORE: Special City Of Miami Commission Meeting Held To Discuss Future Of Chief Art Acevedo
Thelmas said she didn’t understand why, on a day reserved for patriotism and reflection, Walmart was more concerned with lawsuits than exemplifying its commitment to the local community.
In a statement, Walmart told CBS 4, “We regret this happened and apologize to the students, parents, and the school for this experience. Unfortunately this was a situation of miscommunication and should have been handled differently. We are inviting the kids back to the store to help honor the victims and fallen heroes.”MORE NEWS: Sheriff: Person Of Interest In 19-Year-Old Miya Marcano's Disappearance Found Dead
There is no word as to whether or not the school accepted the offer.