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Coney Island Principal, axes Lee Greenwood song in favor of Justin Bieber to avoid "controversy". What is up with this?

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A controversial Coney Island principal has pulled the plug on patriotism.

Her
refusal to let students sing “God Bless the USA” at their graduation
has sparked fireworks at a school filled with proud immigrants.

Greta
Hawkins, principal of PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, won’t allow
kindergartners to belt out the beloved Lee Greenwood ballad, also known
as “Proud to be an American,” at their moving-up ceremony.





Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90




Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90









Five classes spent months learning the patriotic song, which
skyrocketed in popularity after the 9/11 attacks and the 2003 invasion
of Iraq.

SCHOOLS CHIEF BACKS DECISION TO SWAP 'USA' SONG WITH BIEBER

It was to be the rousing finale of their musical show at the June
20 commencement. The kids, dressed up for their big day, would wave
tiny American flags — which, as the lyrics proclaim, “still stand for
freedom.”

But Hawkins marched in on a recent rehearsal and ordered a CD playing the anthem to be shut off, staffers said.

She told the teachers to drop the song from the program.

“We don’t want to offend other cultures,” they quoted her as explaining.

The curt edict stunned both staff and parents.



Read More: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/school...

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  • BIG BAD JOHN R. 2012/06/11 16:09:20
    This is NUTS
    BIG BAD JOHN R.
    +8
    This lady is way out of control. Awarded children for not going to the restroom, what is wrong with lady?

    "In January, she generated negative press again, with a highly unpopular bathroom policy that awarded students extra credit for not using the toilet."

    "But a Facebook page calling for Hawkins’ firing, which popped up after she banned the patriotic Greenwood anthem from graduation, also has its share of nasty language."

    She is receiving tons of hate mail while the police are investigating that.

    But even her harshest critics say that none of those actions are worthy of the sickening and racist hate mail Hawkins has received since November.

    “Let’s hope that AIDS will do what sickle cell anemia failed to do, exterminate your whole simian race,” reads one of three horrifying letters sent to Hawkins at the A-rated school.

    The Board of Directors needs to remove this lady and send her packing back to where she came from!

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  • aneed2know 2012/06/12 06:38:08
    This is NUTS
    aneed2know
    she is a crazy, enough said.
  • Red Branch 2012/06/12 04:39:14
    This is NUTS
    Red Branch
    She is wrong and she has a problem with the USA.
    Jehovah Witnesses believe in God, so that his not an issue, if it is and issue because of her religion, her religion needs to be kept out of her school.

    Since she doesn't like the National Anthem being played, she has a problem with the USA and not Springsteen's masterpiece. Fire her worthless arse.

    Any civilization that fails to teach its culture will not continue to exist. We have failed to convey our culture and it is obvious when thinking of our problems.
  • beach bum 2012/06/12 04:05:28
    This is NUTS
    beach bum
    +2
    nut job
  • Stryder 2012/06/11 20:54:53
    This is NUTS
    Stryder
    +3
    Yet, she has no problem offending OUR culture.
  • Zolfie™ 2012/06/11 20:54:22
    This is NUTS
    Zolfie™
    +2
    “We don’t want to offend other cultures,” ?

    They're in the USA... and being raised in a US culture. And most cultures believe in God (though they call him "God" in their own native language.)... I don't see a problem there.
  • TruBluTopaz 2012/06/11 20:03:31
    Banging my head on ____________ (use whatever hard object you desire)
    TruBluTopaz
    +1
    This could explain the large number of teen pregnancies when a patriotic song that includes phrases like "God Bless the USA" is replaced by one that includes the following:
    "Luda! When I was 13, I had my first love,
    There was nobody that compared to my baby
    and nobody came between us or could ever come above
    She had me going crazy, oh, I was star-struck,
    she woke me up daily, don’t need no Starbucks.
    She made my heart pound, it skipped a beat when I see her in the street and
    at school on the playground but I really wanna see her on the weekend"
  • Seonag 2012/06/11 19:40:58
    This is NUTS
    Seonag
    +3
    This is the United States of America. The last I checked, Coney Island was part of the United States of America. If you are an American and offended by the song, shame on you! If you are NOT an American and offended by the song, why are you here and sending your children to our public schools? I am so tired of the PC people! GOD BLESS THE USA!
  • Manwé 2012/06/11 19:25:43
    Justin Bieber Really?
    Manwé
    +1
    Justin Bieber is as non-controversial as you can get. What's the uproar?
  • voice_matters 2012/06/11 19:01:15
    Good decision
    voice_matters
    +1
    clearly people will be offended if they heard the song, or at least the principal thought so. she would rather the ceremony be without the comments from those offended. it is about the kids and who cares what song they sing.
  • Teri- Oregon 2012/06/11 18:59:27
    Banging my head on ____________ (use whatever hard object you desire)
    Teri- Oregon
    +3
    i called and gave her a piece of my mind
  • Pat 2012/06/11 18:28:55
    Good decision
    Pat
    +1
    My guess is that the objection to the song is the "God bless the USA" line. I know it probably appears like a radical decision, but I do understand why it was done. Some people do not believe in god and since this is a public school they are following the letter of the law.
  • Flamingolady 2012/06/11 18:14:32
    This is NUTS
    Flamingolady
    +3
    Nothing about Justin Bieber inspires anything, except maybe little boy's hair cuts. This woman seems a little, shall we say, short of a full deck?
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/06/11 18:07:53
    This is NUTS
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +2
    Just nuts - PC gone insane
  • heirsoftheking 2012/06/11 18:00:33
  • keeper 2012/06/11 17:40:09
    This is NUTS
    keeper
    +4
    This person needs to be fired!!
  • SK-pro impeachment 2012/06/11 17:36:43
    This is NUTS
    SK-pro impeachment
    +3
    commies liberals taking over our schools!!

    banging head
  • Gregaj7 2012/06/11 17:29:58
    This is NUTS
    Gregaj7
    +1
    Being a Black woman could contribute heavily to the issue.
  • heirsof... Gregaj7 2012/06/11 18:01:24
  • Gregaj7 heirsof... 2012/06/11 20:36:50
    Gregaj7
    +1
    Agreed.
  • chgo Gregaj7 2012/06/11 18:39:05
    chgo
    why did you for no reason just pointed out her race, cave-dwelling dolt? your nasty comment just gave away you're a racist.
  • Gregaj7 chgo 2012/06/11 20:50:44
    Gregaj7
    +1
    While you're in the area of 'name-calling', let's add Anti-Semite, woman-hater, and all-around general SOB of a Living Vessel?
    I'll also point-out, for no alleged reason, the Principal is from NYC, which also continues frequently to demonstrate a degradation of logic and "common" sense, like, say, a mayor wanting to ban "large-sugary-sodas" from being sold, though the ban only applies to fountain-based in convenience stores or at public event gatherings.
    BTW: I'm domiciled in an area of Colorado Springs where my ethnicity isn't the majority group and Blacks/Hispanics share equal percentage of "majority".
    I attended, yesterday, the "Juneteenth" 'celebration' held by the local NAACP office, about a block away from me. While attempting to show them things they were not aware of, my efforts were completely miscomprehended. I'm finding many folk just ain't ready for real/clear/decisive truth and facts.
  • chgo Gregaj7 2012/06/11 21:09:33 (edited)
    chgo
    judging the way nonsensically ramble and rave in your dumb posts to me, why do you think anyone else would take you seriously?
  • Gregaj7 chgo 2012/06/11 21:35:48
    Gregaj7
    +1
    Self-moderated.
  • Assassi... Gregaj7 2012/06/12 04:35:59
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    How?
  • Gregaj7 Assassi... 2012/06/12 04:56:48
    Gregaj7
    Obama "kool-aid". Being 'culturally' neutral. Would a Hispanic female Principal pick Justin Bieber?
  • chgo 2012/06/11 16:37:04
    Good decision
    chgo
    +2
    It's not really a big deal. and apparently, a lot of the Sodahead idiots need to figure out what socialism ACTUALLY is.
  • david 2012/06/11 16:28:11
    This is NUTS
    david
    +4
    that what socialist do, destroy kids mind
  • mk, Smartass Oracle 2012/06/11 16:20:35
  • Farnsworth 2012/06/11 16:12:42
    This is NUTS
    Farnsworth
    +6
    insert an unpopular comment here _________
  • Flowers 2012/06/11 16:10:17
    Banging my head on ____________ (use whatever hard object you desire)
    Flowers
    +5
    She is full of it. There are plenty of patriotic songs they could have changed to. Justin bieber?? I think she should be investigated to make sure she didn't receive a sudden "donation"
  • BIG BAD JOHN R. 2012/06/11 16:09:20
    This is NUTS
    BIG BAD JOHN R.
    +8
    This lady is way out of control. Awarded children for not going to the restroom, what is wrong with lady?

    "In January, she generated negative press again, with a highly unpopular bathroom policy that awarded students extra credit for not using the toilet."

    "But a Facebook page calling for Hawkins’ firing, which popped up after she banned the patriotic Greenwood anthem from graduation, also has its share of nasty language."

    She is receiving tons of hate mail while the police are investigating that.

    But even her harshest critics say that none of those actions are worthy of the sickening and racist hate mail Hawkins has received since November.

    “Let’s hope that AIDS will do what sickle cell anemia failed to do, exterminate your whole simian race,” reads one of three horrifying letters sent to Hawkins at the A-rated school.

    The Board of Directors needs to remove this lady and send her packing back to where she came from!
  • Narcole... BIG BAD... 2012/06/11 17:03:04
    NarcolepticGoat
    +1
    I suppose some of those letter writers wanted her to look like a saint in comparison.
  • BIG BAD... Narcole... 2012/06/11 17:18:58
    BIG BAD JOHN R.
    +3
    Hahaha, don't think so. I don't know where this lady came from but I know where she should go!
  • All American 2012/06/11 16:03:33
    This is NUTS
    All American
    +6
    Political correctness to absurdity. I fear for our future.
  • Eddie_DOMA_is_dead 2012/06/11 16:01:26
  • beavith1 2012/06/11 15:59:52
    This is NUTS
    beavith1
    +6
    why do some teachers and principals go out of their way to do dumb stuff?
  • Red Branch beavith1 2012/06/12 04:31:48
    Red Branch
    +1
    They hate the USA in this case.
  • Jessie M 2012/06/11 15:57:37
    Banging my head on ____________ (use whatever hard object you desire)
    Jessie M
    +3
    I think it is time to get those dumbass out of our schools. This still is the USA and just like other countries are proud to teacher their cultures to their student. So should we.
  • themadhare ~IJM 2012/06/11 15:30:07
    This is NUTS
    themadhare ~IJM
    +6
    She's a Jehovah's Witness imposing her religion in a public school. She needs to be terminated.
  • Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪ 2012/06/11 15:20:10
    This is NUTS
    Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪
    +6
    Total BS.

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