Principal bans candy canes
Manchester Elementary principal Jennifer Sinclair sent a memorandum to parents and students informing them that candy canes were off limits because “Historically, the shape [of the candy cane] is a ‘J’ for Jesus. The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection. This would also include different colored candy canes.”
The Legend of the Candy Cane
What she is referring to is the The Legend of the Candy Cane.
This list also bands anything Christmas related. See this list!
Gifts to students
Students making gift for a loved one
Snowmen, snow women, snow people, snowflakes
Holidays Around the World – purposeful presentation of information to teach
about different cultures
Scarves, boots, earmuffs, and hats
Olaf – Frozen
Santas or Christmas items (clipart) on worksheets
Christmas trees in classrooms
Elf on the Shelf – that’s Christmas-related
Singing Christmas Carols
Playing Christmas music
Sending a Scholastic book that is a Christmas book – that’s Christmas-related
Making a Christmas ornament as a gift – This assumes that the family has
a Christmas tree which assumes they celebrate Christmas. I challenge the
thought of, “Well they can just hang it somewhere else.”
Candy Cane – that’s Christmas-related. 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 would also include different colored candy canes.
Red/Green items – traditional Christmas colors
Christmas videos/movies and/or characters from Christmas movies
This letter was also taken to the Christian ministry Liberty Counsel.
“We sent a demand letter to the Elkhorn School District last Friday demanding a response by close of business this past Monday. The School District attorney responded and advised that the action of Principal Sinclair was contrary to school district policy,” Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, told CNN.
On Wednesday, Sinclair sent out an email to parents apologizing for any confusion, according to a CNN affiliate WOWT reported.
“Elkhorn Public Schools District administration promptly addressed the issue at Manchester Elementary School regarding the memo that was sent by the principal to Manchester elementary staff. The memo does not reflect the policy of Elkhorn Public Schools regarding holiday symbols in the school. The district has since clarified expectations and provided further direction to staff in alignment with district policy. This issue was limited to Manchester Elementary School and did not arise at any other schools within the district,” the statement read.
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“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.”
Elkhorn Public Schools Policy
It has been reported that Sinclair was placed on Administrative leave, because this is an ongoing issue.