Terms 'Christmas' and 'Thanksgiving' banned at school
A Brooklyn principal is generating controversy for her removal of certain traditions at her school.
The New York Post reports that Eujin Kim of PS 169 has put an end to recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance as well as references to Santa Claus, Christmas, and Thanksgiving.
In fact, the latter terms are being broadly referred to as "winter celebrations" and the "harvest festival," respectively.
These new policies were reportedly communicated to staff in a memo that referred to students' diverse families and that "not all children celebrate the same holidays."
PTA officials were also notified of the changes, and the president has said they include a ban on stars which can have a religious association.
Meanwhile, the city's Department of Education has told schools that holiday symbols are acceptable but religious figures and texts are not.