A New York principal has sparked fury among parents, students and teachers after banning a patriotic song from being sung at graduation.
Kindergartners at PS 90, the Edna Cohen School in Coney Island will not be allowed to sing ‘God Bless the USA’ at their moving-up ceremony because principal Greta Hawkins has decided it is inappropriate.
The lyrics, she says could ‘offend other cultures’ and are ‘too grown-up’ for five-year-olds.
‘A lot of people fought to move to America to live freely, so that song should be sung with a whole lot of pride,’ mom Luz Lozada told the New York Post.
The principal also cited reasons that the song was “too grown up” for the children when it states:
“If tomorrow all the things were gone, I’d worked for all my life. And I had to start again, with just my children and my wife, I’d thank my lucky stars, to be livin’ here today.”
The school board has stated that they fully support Ms. Hawkins and agree that the song does indeed seem too grown up for these young children.