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Dec 12, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall

Nebraska Elementary School Principal Placed On Leave After Banning Candy Canes For Christmas

After making headlines last week for essentially banning Christmas and holiday-related items from the school (especially candy canes, which she said resemble a 'J' for Jesus) a Nebraska elementary school principal has been placed on administrative leave.

Jennifer Sinclair, principal of Manchester Elementary School, attempted to ban nearly every popular symbol of the Christmas holiday. Ironically, Sinclair's stated intent was to make the holiday season more inclusive, but by excluding Christmas.

Sinclair banned things like Santa or Christmas-themed clipart on worksheets, the playing of Christmas carols, red and green items, and reindeer. Most shockingly, her policy banned candy canes because, according to her memo, the red stripes point to the "blood of Christ" and the white stripes are "a symbol of his resurrection." Even "different colored" candy canes were labeled not acceptable because “historically," she says, "the shape is a ‘J’ for Jesus”.

Sinclair said in an explanation to parents that she “come[s] from a place that Christmas and the like are not allowed in schools.”

After conservative Christian legal defense organization Liberty Counsel caught wind of Sinclair's anti-holiday efforts, they sent a letter to the Omaha school district. The district subsequently investigated and ended Sinclair's Christmas crackdown.

Although Sinclair offered an apology, the district placed the first-year principal on administrative leave the next day for violating the school district’s policy which expressly states that Christmas trees, Santa-themed items, and other secular, seasonal symbols are allowed to be displayed and celebrated in the classroom, according to The Associated Press.

Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver shared in a statement to The Blaze that his organization “did not ask that Principal Jennifer Sinclair be placed on administrative leave,” but his group “will not second-guess the school district’s decision.”



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