Principal placed on leave for banning candy canes

Nebraska Principal Bans Candy Canes Over Links to Jesus

Nebraska Principal Bans Candy Canes Over Links to Jesus

"Acceptable practices" for Sinclair include "Gifts to students; students making gift for a loved one; snowmen, snow women, snow people [sic], snowflakes; gingerbread people [sic;] Holidays Around the World - purposeful presentation of information to teach about different cultures; sledding; Hot chocolate; Polar Bears; Penguins; Scarves, boots, earmuffs, and hat; Yetis; Olaf [a character from the Disney film Frozen]".

Santa Claus, Christmas trees, Elf on the Shelf, reindeer, any red and green items and candy canes were also Grinched out.

She also instructed that Christmas ornaments couldn't be made as gifts.

"Sinclair was so thorough in her inclusivity that she banned candy canes on the grounds that their shape is a "'J' for Jesus".

Jennifer Sinclair sent a memo to teachers at Manchester Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska, last week with instructions about decorations in their classrooms. "The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection", she reportedly wrote. "We trust that this will be a good learning experience for her and that she will conduct herself and make decisions involving other church-state matters with appropriate respect for expressions of faith, and not with hostility". '"So, let's celebrate Christmas, but if you have a kid in the class that celebrates something else, let's all learn about that too".

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"I feel uncomfortable that I have to get this specific, but for everyone's comfort, I will", Sinclair reportedly wrote in the memo. "Please reflect on what you've already copied, prepped and posted". She even signed off her memo as "The (Unintentional) Grinch who stole Christmas". District spokesperson Kara Perchal told KETV Sinclair is a new principal and never spoke with other administrators about her policy before issuing the memo.

The district has resolved the issue, saying Principal Sinclair's memo does not fall under the district's policy.

The memo resulted in a local controversy that went national when the Christian advocacy organization Liberty Counsel published it and sent the school district a "demand letter" urging the superintendent to "to immediately overrule and specifically disavow the sweeping directive banning Christmas holiday items, and require Principal Sinclair to undertake review of District policy and the law".

The strict new policy naturally angered some parents.

The district's policy says Christmas trees, Santa, Easter eggs and bunnies are considered 'secular, seasonal symbols'.

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