A Nebraska Elementary School Principal has been put on leave over her attempt to ban most Christmas themed things from her elementary school. She even went as far as banning candy canes. She claimed that candy canes were shaped like a “J” as it stands for the J in Jesus. She went on to claims that the red was symbolic of his blood and the white for his resurrection. Its a nice story but there is no basis for her claim.
“So what’s the real candy cane story? Well, there isn’t a lot we can say for sure. White, hard sugar sticks have been a fairly common confectionery for centuries. As to how these straight sticks became bent into a J shape, there is a legend that this was done by a choirmaster in Cologne Cathedral in the late 17th century in order to symbolize a shepherd’s staff. He would then give these shepherd staff candies to children to keep them quiet during the traditional Christmas Eve Nativity scene reenactment / Christmas Eve Mass.” But even that story is not verifiable.
The Principal, Jennifer Sinclair, sent out a memo as far as what she deemed was appropriate for this holiday season earlier this week
“Decorations that included Santa, Christmas trees, reindeer, green and red colored items and even candy canes, however, were not acceptable for the elementary school.”
This Scrooge was quickly put in her place and the school district stepped in.
“The Elkhorn School District told Fox News in a statement that “the memo does not reflect the policy of Elkhorn Public Schools regarding holiday symbols in the school.”
“Thedistrict’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.”