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NYC principal bars students from singing 'God Bless the USA' at graduation . Fair or unfair?

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NEW YORK – A New York City
principal has pulled the plug on patriotism by preventing students from
singing "God Bless the USA" at their graduation.



The decision has sparked fireworks at a school filled with proud immigrants.



Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, will not
allow kindergarten students to belt out the beloved Lee Greenwood
ballad, also known as "Proud to be an American," at their moving-up
ceremony.



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



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 saying.



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  • Rusty Shackleford 2012/06/10 12:22:13
    Yes it might have sparked a riot
    Rusty Shackleford
    +7
    Democrats were there, if they hear something positive about God and country, they get offended, when they get offended, they become violent.
  • SteveMa... Rusty S... 2012/06/10 14:38:25
  • Andrew 2012/06/10 12:17:37
    Unfair, it's okay to Love America
    Andrew
    +9
    The student ought to break into "spontaneous" song AT graduation! This is America, not the USSR! Freedom of speech is a part of the fabric of our nation. If they do it "spontaneously" there is nothing the school can do about it!
  • God ble... Andrew 2012/06/12 23:53:39
    God bless American freedom
    +1
    this woman has problems the NY DOE should have resolved early in her first weeks at PS90 ... by firing her. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/...

    After reading that had to retract my earlier benefit of the doubt statement concerning her..
    she does not belong as principal of any school, my opinion...

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