Children’s choir reportedly told to cut National Anthem short by Capitol Police: ‘A form of protest’

UPDATE: Independent journalist Ed Krassenstein reported late Friday that the Rushingbrook Children’s Choir was NOT stopped by the Capitol Police, and the Congressional staff member who was with the group lied about having the proper permissions. Krassenstein acquired a statement from the Capitol Police.

“Recently somebody posted a video of a children’s choir singing the Star-Spangled Banner in the U.S. Capitol Building and wrongfully claimed we stopped the performance because it ‘might offend someone.’ Here is the truth,” they said. “Demonstrations and musical performances are not allowed in the U.S. Capitol. Of course, because the singers in this situation were children, our officers were reasonable and allowed the children to finish their beautiful rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. The Congressional staff member who was accompanying the group knew the rules, yet lied to the officers multiple times about having permission from various offices. The staffer put both the choir and our officers, who were simply doing their jobs, in an awkward and embarrassing position.”

Krassenstein also reported that a congressional staffer “set it all up.”

Any further updates will be added to the post as they break.

Rushingbrook Children’s Choir was allegedly told to stop singing the national anthem at Statuary Hall in the US Capitol.

Video of the children’s beautiful singing was posted to Facebook, but at the end of the video, Capitol Police appear to step in to put an end to the patriotic performance.


According to Matthew Leys, who posted the above video, the children were told to stop because “singing the Anthem could be considered a form of protest.”

“Have you ever heard of a children’s choir being stopped mid-performance while singing their National Anthem????” Leys wrote. “Our kiddos as part of Rushingbrook Children’s Choir were privileged to sing today in Statuary Hall in the US Capitol … until they were interrupted mid-Anthem by Capitol Police who insisted they stop singing. The visit and Choir performance was all planned and approved … but it’s possible that there was some type of “permit” or communication mixup. Either way …”

1) the kids sang brilliantly
2) Capitol Police not even letting them complete the song and trying to explain that singing the Anthem could be considered a form of protest is telling and embarrassing
3) when you need a permit to sing your National Anthem in your nation’s Capitol something’s gone wrong
South Carolina Representatives Russell Fry, Joe Wilson and William Timmons were reportedly instrumental in getting the children’s choir approved to enter the Capitol and were supportive of the planned performance.


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