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Stuyvesant Alumni Banned From Holding 9/11 Vigil At School

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Ground Zero (credit: AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Ground Zero (credit: AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Stuyvesant High School students witnessed the terror attacks on September 11, but now alumni are not permitted to hold a vigil at the school.

“Many of my classmates, as they were walking to school, actually saw the plane hit the World Trade Center,” said Jukay Hsu, who was a senior at Stuyvesant just four blocks from the Twin Towers.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reports

Ten years later, along with dozens of his classmates, Hsu wanted to return to his alma mater.

“To sort of reflect on our experiences these past 10 years,” he told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman.

LINK: Videos of the 9/11 attacks

The principal, however, said no.

“His first reaction, unfortunately, was that he doesn’t want to relive that day,” Hsu told Silverman. “He didn’t understand why we would.”

At one point, he told Hsu the alumni would have to pay to use the space.

“He mentioned possible vandalism, threats to school property,” Hsu said.

The Department of Education says another group has a permit for the auditorium that day, but the school is 10 stories tall with plenty of other space, Hsu says.

“People feel really strongly about it and they feel very emotional about this and they really want to see something occur,” Hsu said.

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