A New York City principal has banned her school’s pre-kindergarten class from singing “Stand Up For the Red, White, and Blue” at their graduation ceremony next week. This is the second patriotic song that the principal, Greta Hawkins of P.S. 90 in Coney Island, has barred from a school celebration.
When the class of four-year-olds was rehearsing the song in their auditorium and waving mini American flags, Hawkins halted the rehearsal and scolded the teachers, saying, “You didn’t ask permission to do it.” The flags were also banned, as they were unapproved materials, she said.
In 2012, the principal banned the singing of “God Bless the USA,” reportedly telling teachers that it may offend other cultures, according to the New York Post. She also eliminated the daily singing of “America the Beautiful,” this past September.
The approved songs for the graduation include “You Are My Sunshine” and “What Miracle Am I.”
Some of the families are not happy with Hawkins’s decision. “I’m angry about it,” one mom said. “It’s the American flag. What’s wrong with that? So many soldiers died for it. Why is she against the red, white and blue?”