When terrorist artwork is glorified, there’s something wrong

9/11 family members Al and Maureen Santora were horrified by the recent exhibit at John Jay College of Criminal Justice that displayed and sold paintings and sculptures made by prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, writes Tom Joyce in Lifezette. The fact that the college neglected to contact the September 11th community to tell them about the exhibit, and the fact that John Jay educates many of the city’s police officers and firefighters — including Al Santora — upset them as much as the display and sale.

“This is an insult to all Americans, especially the 343 firefighters and 23 police officers who died at the World Trade Center,” Al Santora said. “Many of the first responders were John Jay alumni, as am I. I got my master’s and bachelor’s at John Jay — and this is a college of criminal justice. To put on a show from the perpetrators of 9/11 is a slap in the face to everyone.”

The Santoras lost their only son, FF Christopher Santora in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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