School Cancels Patriotic “Proud to be an American” from Graduation
by Moody Adams A controversial Coney Island principal has refused to let students sing “God Bless the USA” at their graduation, Reuters reports.
Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, won’t allow kindergartners 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, in order to be the final item on the program.
Hawkins heard it at a rehersal and told the teachers to drop the song from the program. “We don’t want to offend other cultures,” Hawkins said.
Kevin Toczko rersponded with this, “I'm serving on a deployment as I write this and I don't even know what to say. What the h… am I doing this for? For my own good! We're sacrificing our time and energy among other more valuable things such as my life and this stinking principal robs our kids of the history of who we are. I swore an oath to defend this country and it's citizens of enemies both foreign and domestic, but how do you defend against ignorance. . . We really don't have to worry as much about an enemy from a foreign land as much as people who live in this country tearing it down from the inside.