A controversial Coney Island principal has pulled the plug on patriotism.
refusal to let students sing “God Bless the USA” at their graduation
has sparked fireworks at a school filled with proud immigrants.
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, which
skyrocketed in popularity after the 9/11 attacks and the 2003 invasion
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It was to be the rousing finale of their musical show at the June
20 commencement. The kids, dressed up for their big day, would wave
tiny American flags — which, as the lyrics proclaim, “still stand for
But Hawkins marched in on a recent rehearsal and ordered... Read more.