NY Principal Pulls Patriotic Song, Wants to Avoid Offending Other Cultures

Sunday, 10 Jun 2012 10:46 AM

By Paul Scicchitano

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

Admonishing teachers that she did not want to “offend other cultures,” Coney Island principal Greta Hawkins reportedly is refusing to allow students to sing "God Bless the USA" at a school moving-up ceremony later this month.

The New York Post reported on Sunday that Hawkins had no problem, however, with Justin Bieber's "Baby" for her school’s June 20 commencement.               

leegreenwood.jpg
Singer Lee Greenwood performs at the centennial birthday celebration for former US president Ronald Reagan in 2011.
(Getty Images)

The more patriotic song, also known as “Proud to be an American,” was to be sung by pupils waving American Flags at PS 90.

But after five classes spent months learning the song, Hawkins reportedly ordered a CD playing the Lee Greenwood hit to be shut off, the Post reported.

“A lot of people fought to move to America to live freely, so that song should be sung with a whole lot of pride,” Luz Lozada, whose son, Daniel, is in kindergarten, told the Post.

The Department of Education reportedly supports the principal’s decision, with spokeswoman Jessica Scaperotti saying that Hawkins found the lyrics “too grown up” for children.

“The lyrics are not age-appropriate,” she said of the song, which gained popularity after the 9/11 attacks and the Iraq invasion.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Arizona Court Upholds Giving Drivers' Licenses to Illegals

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 07:47 AM

A federal court of appeals in Arizona has told Republican Gov. Jan Brewer that it will not reconsider a ruling that bloc . . .

Black Friday Gun Buys Test Background Check System

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 06:21 AM

Black Friday isn't just when shoppers rush to stores for holiday sales. It's also one of the busiest days of the year fo . . .

Judge Overturns Mississippi Same-sex Marriage Ban

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 21:52 PM

A federal judge has overturned Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage, but he is putting his order on hold for two weeks . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved