2018 is finishing up strong with this story. Multiple reports are stating that a Nebraska elementary school principal has been placed on administrative leave after asking teachers to NOT celebrate Christmas in their respective classrooms.
According to Fox31, an internal memo, signed by Principal Jennifer Sinclair as “The (Unintentional) Grinch who stole Christmas (from Manchester),” included a list of Christmas-related items and activities that could not be used in class at Manchester Elementary School.
“I will do my best to communicate the expectation from here on out, which aligns with my interpretation of our expectations as a public school who seeks to be inclusive and culturally sensitive to all of our students,” Sinclair said. She then included a list of “not acceptable” practices like the following:
– Using images of Santas or Christmas items on worksheets.
– Trees in classrooms.
– Elf on the shelf.
– Singing carols.
– Playing Christmas music.
– Sending a scholastic book that’s also a Christmas book.
– Making ornaments as gifts.
– Christmas videos/movies and/or characters from Christmas movies.
The weirdest banned item? Candy canes. I shit you not.
“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. This will also include different colored candy canes,” Sinclair wrote.
Huh? Is this true? I don’t have the energy to look this up. Candy canes and Jesus?
Sinclair apologized to parents for the memo, but is currently still under administrative leave for sending out the Grinch-y rules.