Parents offended by pro-Obama song

By Mary Benton, Reporter, mbenton@kprc.com
Published On: Mar 01 2013 06:17:48 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 01 2013 06:39:20 PM CST

March 1, 2013: A Black History Month program at A Houston elementary school may have backfired. Mary Benton reports.

HOUSTON -

A Black History Month program at A Houston elementary school may have backfired after some parents complained that children were asked to sing a song with pro-President Barack Obama lyrics.

Isreal Palomo said his 8-year-old son took part in the program at HISD's Katherine Smith Elementary School earlier this week.

"I got nothing against him, but I didn't vote for him. I didn't see why they should be indoctrinated about President Obama," said Palomo.

The issue has been discussed nationally by conservative radio talk show hosts, who are urging parents to complain if their children's school offered similar programs.

Meanwhile, HISD released the following statement about the controversy on Friday:

"The song lyrics you received were used as part of an after-school PTO program celebrating Black History Month at Katherine Smith Elementary School. Students who participated had signed permission slips from their parents to participate in this after-school event. They danced to the music, but did not sing or otherwise recite the lyrics. Copies of the lyrics were given to the parents, but not the students. This program was organized by three first-year teachers, who mistakenly failed to get the principal’s approval to distribute the song lyrics. After reviewing the lyrics, the principal agrees that some of the songs were overly political and should not have been included in the program. The teachers who coordinated the program have been reminded that materials such as this must receive prior approval by the principal in the future. The principal apologizes to those who may have been offended by some of the lyrics that were included in the PTO program."

However, other parents told KPRC Local 2 they had no problem with the song about President Obama.

"He's our president. I see nothing wrong with it," said one parent.

"I thought all the songs were positive," said another parent. "I'm just glad they did something for black history month."

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