A Brief Moment Of Silence Has Been Mandated On 9/11 At All New York Public Schools

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new law that requires a brief moment of silence in public schools across the state at the beginning of the school day every September 11th. The new law hopes to encourage discussions in the classroom and establish an understanding of the attacks that happened today.

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In a statement from the governor’s office, the new law hopes to “encourage dialogue and education in the classroom, and to ensure future generations have an understanding of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks and their place in history. The law is effective immediately.”

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"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,” Governor Cuomo said in light of the new law.

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“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," the Governor continued saying.

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This piece of legislation is very important in making sure future generations know about the terrorist attacks. Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. who helped sponsor the new law said:

“The average school-age citizen in New York may have no personal recollection of these events, having not yet been born in 2001, making it imperative that our public education system take the time to educate students in both the loss and heroism experienced on 9/11.”

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