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Song sparks controversy at kindergarten graduation

Monday, June 11, 2012

There were originally six songs to be performed by kindergarteners at P.S. 90 in Coney Island in their moving up ceremony. Now there are only five.

Lee Greenwood's "God Bless The USA" has been dropped from the playlist, but "Baby" by Justin Bieber is still on the list.

The ceremony is June 20th.

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Some parents don't understand why a song about teenage love can be performed, but a patriotic song can't.

Principal Greta Hawkins decided these lyrics from this verse in Greenwood's song are not age appropriate:

"If tomorrow all the things were gone, I'd worked for all my life. And I had to start again, with just my children and my wife."

It has become a polarizing issue not just among parents, but also for the community. The NYPD Hate Crimes Unit is now investigating hateful handwritten letters sent to Hawkins.

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