June 12, 2014
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, according to National Review Online.
This is the second patriotic song that the principal, Greta Hawkins of Edna Cohen School (PS 90), 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. This past September, she also eliminated the daily singing of “America the Beautiful.”
The Department of Education reprimanded Hawkins and sent her to sensitivity training after investigators from the DOE’s Office of Equal Opportunity found that Hawkins made offensive racial remarks at a June 2010 faculty meeting.
The United Federation of Teachers calls Greta Hawkins a bully. We call her unpatriotic and un-American.
Send your email to Principal Hawkins. Urge her to reinstate “Stand Up For the Red, White, and Blue” in the graduation ceremony. A copy of your email will also be sent to New York Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.
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