Principal Bans 'God Bless The USA'
Says it offends other cultures
source: Fox News
The New York Post reported that Greta Hawkins, the principal of the Edna Cohen School in Coney Island, instructed teachers to pull the song from the graduation ceremony — even though the boys and girls spent months learning the patriotic song.
“We don’t want to offend other cultures,” they quoted her as explaining.
Department of Education spokeswoman Jessica Scaperotti defended the principal’s decision. They told the New York Post that Hawkins found the lyrics “too grown up” for 5-year-olds.
However, the students are still expected to perform an arrangement of the Justin Bieber song, “Baby.”
Many of the parents — who happen to be immigrants — are furious and want the children to perform “God Bless the USA.”