Greta Hawkins, principal of Edna Cohen School (PS 90) in New York, has decided on her own that kindergarteners displaying American patriotism would be offensive.
She has single-handedly banned Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" from the graduation ceremonies scheduled for June 20.
It doesn't matter that students in five classes spent months learning the patriotic song, or that the students practiced waving American flags in unison to promote love of country.
According to The New York Post, 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 each wave a tiny American flag - which, as the lyrics proclaim, "still stands for freedom." But Hawkins marched in on a recent rehearsal and ordered a CD playing the anthem to be shut off, staffers said.
But Justin Bieber's flirty song about teen romance, "Baby," was deemed a fine selection for the show. Hawkins had no problem with 5-year-olds singing lines such as, "Are we an item? Girl, quit playing."
In response to public pressure, New York Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott removed Beiber's inappropriate song from the program, but stood by the principal's anti-American rebuff of Greenwood's "God Bless the USA."
FoxNews stated state school officials made no indication Hawkins would reinstate the Greenwood song, which Hawkins nixed because she reportedly "did not want to offend other cultures."