Skip to comments.Cambridge School Removes Santa Claus From Winter Concert
Posted on 12/15/2014 4:21:00 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) The Andrew Peabody School in Cambridge snubbed Santa the day before the winter concert. Principal Jennifer Ford sent a letter home to parents on Thursday letting them know of the change.
The letter said in part: I am writing to you today to inform you of a change in our concert series this winter. Our First through Fourth grade concert as well as our Kindergarten concert will not include a visit from Santa Claus this year.
Robert Thompson has two kids in the school. He said the concert traditionally closed with Santa running through the aisle. He said the decision to remove Santa was based on a complaint.
I dont think its right, and I know a lot of people agree with me, said Thompson. It seems like thats whats going on in America the squeaky wheel gets oil. Its a shame.
Parents had mixed opinions about the Santas absence.
Mohammed Hassan said he does not look at Santa Claus as a religious symbol. Kids like that, its fun for kids, which is good, said Hassan.
Rachel Begley said her son will miss Santa, but she doesnt think the school needs to provide one. I think that its a shame we cant all celebrate each others cultures and Santa is a big part of Christmas-time, said Begley.
Himabraya Ashar understood the change as more inclusive and some parents may not want Santa Claus at a school event. We have other ways of exposing our kids to Santa Claus, said Ashar.
The principals letter did say Santa will make an appearance at the end of a family sing-along on December 23rd. Parents can opt their kids out of the event.
Thompson said hes not offended if other cultures are added to the concert. He thinks sacking Santa is wrong.
School principal Jennifer Ford would not comment. The city superintendent did not return requests for comment.
As in Johnny?
Santa is as secular as it gets!
Liberalism: the envy that somewhere, someone is having a good time.
The alleged human beings in Assachusetts are really, really wound tight.
No one cares about MA.
Stick a fork in ‘em.
When did he join the cast of "The Walking Dead?"
At some point, they are going to remove so much that no one is going to care anymore and everyone will stop coming. Everyone will forget why we do it. Everyone will stop buying things and then our elite overlords will be screwed.
Remove the Winter Concert... because it is offensive to me.
Massachusetts should be purged from America. There are no Americans still there
Hell yes, Separation of Elf and State.
Offending you is the point.
Pray America is waking
I assure you the pilgrims would not have allowed Santa. Some things don't change.
Don't know why that irritates me so much, but it does.
Why even have an event.
We had a Christmas pageant and also Hanakah songs as well.
I always want to ask, What Holiday?
I know exactly what you mean, Betty, I’m sick of the “Holiday”-only commercials myself.
look in the mirror, dumb ... we ARE that old and wrinkly
Right. If the ads featured a Christmas tree, a Hanukkah menorah and whatever the heck the main symbol of Kwanzaa is, then I could accept it.
Except no, it’s a completely fake diversity, one in which they show explicitly and exclusively Christmas imagery, but simply won’t say “Christmas”. When and why is the word Christmas so taboo with advertisers? They preach acceptance towards all these major holidays, yet talk about the holidays being over when Kwanzaa is just beginning (it’s December 26 - January 1 this year.)
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