HISD school program criticized
Some parents of students who attend Katherine Smith Elementary School are unhappy their children were asked to sing a song with pro-Obama lyrics during a Black History Month activity.
Israel Palomo has and eight-year old son who attends the school, and tells our TV partner Local-2, “I got nothing against him, but I didn't vote for him. I didn't see why they should be indoctrinated about President Obama."
Lyrics from one song include the words, “Obama, Obama this one’s for you.” Another song had the words, “I tried to believe in George Bush. I tried to trust, but its ashes to ashes now."
Officials with the Houston ISD issued the following statement:
"The song lyrics you received were used as part of an after-school PTO program celebrating Black History Month at Katherine Smith Elementary School... 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."
The teachers are not expected to face disciplinary action.