Scarsdale High School Petition for September 11th Moment of Silence
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Scarsdale High School students entered school on the morning of September 11, 2017 as if it was any other day of the year, but for every American, it was not just any other day. While some teachers opted to commemorate 9/11 at the expense of instructional time, many did not. Students in the Class of 2018 were appalled by the lack of attention given to the events that occurred 16 years ago today, and although we will not be at the high school in years to come, many of us are concerned for the type of community we will leave for future generations when we graduate.
By signing this petition, you are supporting our request that the administration at Scarsdale High School induct an annual, school-wide moment of silence in recognition of those that were lost on this dark day. The Class of 2018 will be one of Scarsdale High School's last graduating classes with students who were alive during the September 11th terrorist attacks, so we feel it is our responsibility that the memory of all those who perished on 9/11 not be forgotten in our school. It is crucial that students understand how the events of September 11th have affected our country and the present state of the world, and we believe a moment of silence would ignite this conversation. A moment of silence could get students who have been born into a post-9/11 world of discrimination thinking not just about all those who perished in the attacks, but the lasting effect it has had on Muslims and other minorities in this country, in the hopes that they understand why the world remains such a frightening and hateful place 16 years later.
Fitting a moment of silence into the new Scarsdale High School schedule could be accomplished with ease– if September 11th falls on a day with homeroom, it could replace morning announcements. If not, the school could either schedule a time during the day to announce it over the PA system, or the schedule could be altered to a Tuesday/Thursday schedule, with a moment of silence replacing homeroom.
Students and faculty have the desire and right to a proper memorial for one of the worst days in our country's history, and it is the duty of the administration to meet the needs of all those who study and work at Scarsdale High School.
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