School Gets Death Threats Over Obama Song Tribute

April 7, 2011

This youtube video showing kids singing a song about President Obama is said to have been originally filmed in June as part of a Father's Day tribute to President Obama.  The video was posted on September 6, 2009, two days before Obama made an address to the nation's schoolchildren in which he praised the American education system as the best in the world and urged students to stay in school.

The video has since went viral, and now parents of the children are outraged causing the school to temporarily shut down because of death threats to the principal.

“I'm stunned — I can't believe it's our school,” said Jim Pronchik, who told FOXNews.com his 8-year-old son Jimmy was one of the 18 students in the video. “We don't want to praise this guy like he's a god or an idol or a king or anything like that. That's the wrong message to be sending.”

But Andrea Ciemnolonski, the parent of another one of the students in the video, said the song was part of a second-grade project on a variety of topics related to the month of February, such as Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and Presidents Day.

“They did songs about President Washington, Lincoln, and they did do one about President Obama,” Ciemnolonski said. “My daughter was in the class that did the songs about Obama. It was black history month. … It was something for the kids to celebrate.” read more