The Nebraska principal who banned teachers from using all Christmas or holiday-related symbols or activities in class has been placed on leave for violating school district policy.
Jennifer Sinclair, the principal of Manchester Elementary School in Elkhorn, was placed on administrative leave last Thursday after she sent teachers an internal memo outlining several holiday-related displays, objects, and activities that teachers may not use, give out or assign during the holiday season.
Among the many things listed by the principal included Christmas trees, Christmas symbols, the singing of Christmas carols, the playing of Christmas music and even candy canes. Sinclair told the teachers in the memo that candy canes are shaped in a “J for Jesus,” and that the red is for the “blood of Christ” and “white is a symbol of his resurrection.”
Sinclair signed her memo, “The (Unintentional) Grinch who stole Christmas (from Manchester).”
Sinclair’s memo drew the ire of parents and the conservative Christian legal group Liberty Counsel, which sent a demand letter to Superintendent Bary Habrock at the end of last month. The school district responded with a letter last week from a lawyer representing the school district explaining that Sinclair’s memorandum “did not comply with board policy.”
Sinclair sent out an email to parents apologizing for her memorandum last Wednesday.
“Last week, in an attempt to provide clarity, I mistakenly sent out an internal staff memo detailing what can and cannot be done in a public school surrounding the holiday season,” Sinclair wrote in the email obtained by WOWT. “I wanted to reach out and make sure our families understand what occurred, and what has been done to correct the issue,” she continued. “I understand that the information I initially provide was incorrect and I sincerely apologize for any confusion of concern this has caused and the negative attention this issue brings to the District and Manchester.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith