Principal Suspended After Banning Everything Christmas-Related

An elementary school principal in Nebraska was put on leave last week, after she sent out a memo that basically said  anything Christmas-related wasn't allowed in classrooms . . . like candy  canes, Christmas music, and pictures of Santa.  

A memosigned  by Principal Jennifer Sinclair as "The (Unintentional) Grinch who stole  Christmas (from Manchester)," includes a list of Christmas-related  items and activities that were banned. 

Here are some of the things that were on the list: 

  • 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.
  • Reindeer. 
  • Christmas videos/movies and/or characters from Christmas movies. 

The strangest thing on the "not acceptable" list was candy canes.  According to Sinclair, the shape of a candy cane strongly represents Christianity.

The memo was obtained by nonprofit Christian ministry group Liberty Counsel, which sent a letter urging the school to reverse the ban.  They argued that it violates the First Amendment of the US Constitution by showing hostility toward Christianity. 

But the ban didn't last: Kara Perchal, a spokeswoman for the school district, said the Principal has been placed on administrative leave.  


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