How far is too far?
This week we pay tribute to the victims of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and honor the heroes who came to the rescue. It has become an annual day of remembrance for the more than 3,000 people that died on that horrific day 12 years ago.
Below are four examples we found in which people around the country chose to remember 9/11. You be the judge-- are any or all of these examples appropriate? Is one worse than the rest?
Just how far is too far? Share your thoughts with us via Twitter @BretBaier or via Facebook at facebook.com/bretbaiersr
A Homework Assignment in Alvin, TX:
A 9/11 homework assignment in a middle school classroom started quite the chatter amongst parents and faculty this week.
A language arts teacher at Fairview Junior High in Alvin, TX instructed her 7th grade students to write a letter as though they were trapped in one of the towers of the World Trade Center or on one of the planes that struck the towers on September 11, 2001.
The directions read, in part:
"If you knew you were about to die, who would you want to be the last person you talked to? Write a letter to that person. What would you want them to know? Please give a lot of thought to this letter."
Some of the parents were outraged and said reading the letter was "almost like reading a suicide note." Other parents said they read the letters and were touched by what their child wrote. They felt the teacher's message was delivered and the students learned from the assignment.
A Tweet Sent by a Major Phone Company:
AT&T was forced to apologize after publishing a photo via social media (Twitter and Facebook) showing the World Trade Center memorial lights via a smartphone with the words "Never Forget" in the headline.
Many found the photo to be in offensive.. while others noted that companies were posting in their own way and that people should "give them a break."
In a follow Tweet AT&T stated, "We apologize to anyone who felt our post was in poor taste. The image was solely meant to pay respect to those affected by the 9/11 tragedy."
A Deal at a Golf Course in Wisconsin:
A golf course in Wisconsin placed an ad in the Wisconsin State Journal offering 9 holes of golf for $9.11or 18 holes for $19.11 earlier this week.
The general manager said the course has been offering the discounts since the 10th anniversary of 9/11 as a way to remind people about the significance of the day. He noted it was the first time they had received any negative comments.
This year the ad drew negative attention and Tumbledown Trails offered an apology on their Facebook page which generated mixed opinions from the public. They say they will not make the same mistake again next year, but that they will do something on the anniversary as a way to remind people about what happened on September 11, 2001.
A Hotel Giveaway in San Diego:
The Mission Valley Marriott in San Diego offered guests free mini muffins and coffee for 30 minutes..yes, you read that right...on 9/11 in "remembrance of those we lost."
A tweet of the display was sent out by @electrica and prompted Marriott Hotels to offer an apology:
"We apologize and understand why some people may have misunderstood the intent of the offer. We are reminding our hotels to use discretion and be sensitive when remember major events such as 9/11."