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‘WE DON’T WANT TO OFFEND OTHER CULTURES’: N.Y. PRINCIPAL REPORTEDLY SCRAPS ‘GOD BLESS THE USA’ FROM SCHOOL PROGRAM

N.Y. PRINCIPAL REPORTEDLY SCRAPS ‘GOD BLESS THE USA’ FROM SCHOOL PROGRAM.

‘WE DON’T WANT TO OFFEND OTHER CULTURES’: N.Y. PRINCIPAL REPORTEDLY SCRAPS ‘GOD BLESS THE USA’ FROM SCHOOL PROGRAM

‘WE DON’T WANT TO OFFEND OTHER CULTURES’: N.Y. PRINCIPAL REPORTEDLY SCRAPS ‘GOD BLESS THE USA’ FROM SCHOOL PROGRAM.

The principal of a Brooklyn, N.Y. elementary school has reportedly pulled the song “God Bless the USA” from a kindergarten graduation ceremony so as not to offend other cultures, according to the New York Post.

The kindergartners had spent several months learning the song, which was set to close out the program, until P.S. 90 principal Greta Hawkins came into a recent rehearsal and told teachers to scrap it.

“We don’t want to offend other cultures,” teachers quoted Hawkins as saying, according to the Post.

P.S. 90 principal Greta Hawkins (Image source: New York Post)

Teachers and parents were reportedly shocked by Hawkins’ decision, particularly because the Lee Greenwood song has been sung at school events in the past — and because a rendition of Justin Bieber’s song “Baby” was kept in the program.

It’s not the first time “God Bless the USA” has attracted controversy: In April, a Massachusetts elementary school made headlines after students were taught to sing “We love the U.S.A.“ instead of ”God bless” before ultimately backing down.

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6 Comments on “N.Y. PRINCIPAL REPORTEDLY SCRAPS ‘GOD BLESS THE USA’ FROM SCHOOL PROGRAM.”

  1. Susan Phelps June 10, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    Kindergarten kids have no business singing a teen romance song. What does it have to do with graduation. This offends me—will the principal pull Bieber now too? Plus the illiteracy of the lyrics. Oh like baby No like baby. No wonder kids can’t read at higher thinking levels any more.

  2. reggie June 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    This worthless BITCH needs to be scrapped.. Anyone offended by this song needs to find a new place to live. Cuba, Nigeria, Iran, Mexico and Syria are a few choices.

    • Dee June 11, 2012 at 4:10 am #

      I do not agree with this woman’s decision, it is offensive for all US citizens. But also I do not agree with you because you are including Mexico on this list along with Cuba. Anyway it is your opinion.

  3. Thomas G. Anthony, Sr. June 10, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    It gets more ridiculous all the time. The public should get a chance to say what can or cannot be heard in schools. This principal needs to be tossed out instead of “God Bless the USA.

  4. Kenneth Fung June 10, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    THE BEST PLACE FOR THIS BITCH TO TEACH SHOULD BE IN THE DARKEST PARTS OF KENYA, SHE’LL FEEL AT HOME WITH PRES. “BERRY OBAMA”…

  5. dave June 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    P.S. 90 principal Greta Hawkins you need to be fired, what you born overseas like the Obama ??

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