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Douche of the Week: Principal Greta Hawkins
BY RU Rob
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It seems that almost every other day I get an email from a fan about another unpatriotic SOB. Just this morning I received an email about a particular elementary school principal in Coney Island, NY. Greta Hawkins, principal of Public School 90, has forbidden kindergartners to sing the twenty-eight year old song “God Bless the USA” originally recorded by Lee Greeenwood and also referred to as “Proud to be an American” during their graduation ceremony.
As originally reported by the NY Post, five kindergarten classes had been working on the patriotic song for months as it was to be the musical finale for the June 20th commencement ceremony. The children were to wave small American flags during the show as a show of patriotism. This song has been sung in the past at the school, each time concluding with a rowdy, standing ovation.
Greta Hawkins had other ideas.
The music selected for the ceremony was abruptly changed when Hawkins stormed in on a recent rehearsal, and ordered the teachers to remove the song from the program. According to other teachers, Hawkins stated “We don’t want to offend other cultures.”
Oh ye purveyor of educational douchefuckary! Last I checked, your school is in the United States of America and while I will agree that our country is full of cultures, the one thing that we all have in common is that we are American. Period. End of freaking story. If our immigrant population doesn’t like or accept the fact that we are Americans, living in the greatest country in the whole world, there are thousands of out-bound flights every day. Get the hell out!
But there is more to the story…it seems that Greta, I am the principal and you are not, Hawkins also has an issue with standing and reciting our Pledge of Allegiance because her religious views forbid a salute of any nation’s flag. Last I checked it is kind of important for a figure of authority in a child’s life to set the proper example. I guess the authority Greta has over her teachers is more important as there have been numerous complaints about her being a tyrant and bully – go figure. Greta has also been disciplined for racial remarks made at a faculty meeting in 2010 where she stated that the school was “racist” and declared: “I’m black. Your previous principal was white and Jewish. More of us are coming.” It seems to me that the problem with Hawkins may be a little bigger than just a song.
What tops this whole thing off is that the official spokeswoman for the NY Dept. of Education gave an explanation that teachers at the school never heard –that Hawkins found the lyrics “too grown up” for the kindergartners. So instead of singing a patriotic classic that has been deemed “age inappropriate” for the innocent children, they will instead sing Justin Bieber’s – “Baby”.
Hold the fucking phone, really?!? Greta the educational goblin has deemed acceptable the teenage romance song with very specific lyrics: “When I was 13, I had my first love. There was nobody that compared to my baby, and nobody came between us who could ever come above. She had me going crazy, oh I was star-struck; she woke me up daily, don’t need no Starbucks.” Now I don’t know about you, but I have never seen a 5-6 year old reminisce about when they were 13 while sipping a Grande Americano with a double-shot of espresso; but then again, maybe I am just a little jaded.
It is this self-righteous, too worried about what I want to do or if I will offend someone rather than be an Unapologetically American person that makes me sick. Greta Hawkins, I hereby appoint you as the Principal of Education for the Grand Republic of Douchebagistan. Your tyrannical tendencies will traverse traditional teaching tactics, transforming your students into turds. God save them!
**UPDATE**I am turning off the comments as they are getting out of hand. Yes she is a douche, but absolutely undeserving of some of the comments being left. -RU Rob