Principal Greta Hawkins Bans 'God Bless the USA' Song from Graduation
In New York City, the principal of PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, refuses to allow kindergarten students to sing 'God Bless the USA,' a patriotic tune by Lee Greenwood, at their graduation.
The kids have spent months learning the famous country song, which was going to be the flag-waving finale of their musical show on June 20.
However, the principal of the school, Greta Hawkins, recently told the teachers to drop the song from the graduation program.
Hawkins was quoted as saying: "We don't want to offend other cultures."
Parents and teachers alike are upset by the banning of the tune, which has been sung at other school functions.
A teacher told the New York Post: "It makes them a little goosebumpy and teary-eyed. I've never come across anyone who felt it insulted their culture."
New York Department of Education spokeswoman Jessica Scaperotti told the New York Post that principal Hawkins thought the lyrics were "too grown up" for five year olds.
Scaperotti agreed, saying "The lyrics are not age-appropriate."
Oddly, Justin Bieber's song 'Baby,' is acceptable for 5-year-old children. The lyrics include: "Are we an item? Girl, quit playing."