By Roni Freels
Greta Hawkins, a Coney Island, New York Schoolprincipal showed her true
colors recently at a kindergarten class rehearsal. According to the teachers in practice with the young students singing Lee Greenwood’s famed version of Proud to Be an American, Hawkins marched in and told them to stop the CD, that particular song would not be permissible at the June 20 kindergarten graduation. Her reason for the cancellation was a mere, “we don’t want to offend anyone with those lyrics.”
The children were no doubt disappointed. They were all set to sing their song and hold tiny American flags to represent freedom.
Apparently Hawkins does not understand the full responsibility of being a principal, or perhaps the job has gone to he head. She may be drinking the kool-aid from the same cup the president sips from. What she needs to understand, she is a school principal, not a dictator.
She claimed the reason for the abrupt actions taken were to protect the many immigrants and their children who attend PC3 School, however, some of the immigrants who are legal and proud of their country are very displeased with Hawkins decision.
The song became a big hit and mentions American freedom. It also ask God to bless the USA. It is becoming quite alarming that the mention of God turns people completely radical.
Rather than considering the children’s hours of work put into the rehearsal to sing the song about freedom and God blessing our country, the principal forced the teachers to change the song. It is unknown who selected Justin Bieber’s Baby, but that is what the young children will be singing at their kindergarten graduation June 20th.
Many immigrant parents along with others are extremely upset over the selection and would prefer to hear their children sing in unison, holding their tiny flags, “I’m Proud to Be an American.”
But…the "Warden Hawkins" has spoken.