It’s that Christmas time of the year again. And every year, it seems, there are, like clockwork, there are the stories of someone offended by some aspect of Christmas.
But this one definitely gets the prize for weirdest objection.
An elementary school principal in Nebraska, Jennifer, who clearly has some issues with Christmas ordered her teachers in a memo to avoid putting up any Christmas-themed decorations or making any Christmas-related assignments so as not to offend anyone.
Now one might see that someone might not want any religious symbols in a public school.
But it wasn’t a religious symbol that the principal had a problem with.
It was the candy canes.
From Fox News:
Teachers were reportedly told that generic winter-themed items, such as sledding and scarves, and the “Frozen” character Olaf, were acceptable.
Decorations that included Santa, Christmas trees, reindeer, green and red colored items and even candy canes, however, were not acceptable for the elementary school.
The candy canes, according to KETV, were prohibited because Sinclair deemed them to have religious significance. “Historically, the shape is a ‘J’ for Jesus. The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection,” she reportedly wrote. “This would also include different colored candy canes.”
“I feel uncomfortable that I have to get this specific, but for everyone’s comfort, I will,” Sinclair reportedly wrote in the memo.
Wait, what? Does she really think that’s what little kids are thinking when they look at a candy cane?
This edict didn’t go over well.
Especially because it wasn’t even in line with the school policy.
The Elkhorn School District made it very clear that this didn’t come from them, but was from Sinclair, “the memo does not reflect the policy of Elkhorn Public Schools regarding holiday symbols in the school.”
The district’s policy states that “Christmas trees, Santa Claus and Easter eggs and bunnies are considered to be secular, seasonal symbols and may be displayed as teaching aids provided they do not disrupt the instructional program for students.”
The school reportedly put the principal on leave.