Coney Island Principal, axes Lee Greenwood song in favor of Justin Bieber to avoid "controversy". What is up with this?
A controversial Coney Island principal has pulled the plug on patriotism.
refusal to let students sing “God Bless the USA” at their graduation
has sparked fireworks at a school filled with proud immigrants.
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
Five classes spent months learning the patriotic song, which
skyrocketed in popularity after the 9/11 attacks and the 2003 invasion
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
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.
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