When it comes to inclusion, one Nebraska elementary school principal thought banning Christmas would make all students feel accepted, but it didn’t go well.

Omaha World-Herald reports, Jennifer Sinclair came under fire for a memo she sent Manchester Elementary School teachers.

The principal told teachers that no Christmas-related symbols were allowed in classrooms this year.

The symbols included Santa, Christmas trees, Elf on the Shelf, singing Christmas carols, playing Christmas music or movies, reindeer, any red and green items, and candy canes, reports KETV.

Regarding candy canes, the notice said:

That’s Christmas-related. Historically, the shape is a ‘J’ for Jesus. The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection. This would also include different colored candy canes.

Sinclair wrote:

We are not to be doing any Christmas or holiday-specific themed activities with students.

The principal explained:

We have varied religious beliefs in our school, and it is our job to be inclusive.

She continued:

I’m hopeful we can avoid the discomfort of me directly questioning something you’ve copied, posted and had your kids do. That makes me uncomfortable, and I know it doesn’t feel good.

Signed, The (Unintentional) Grinch who stole Christmas (from Manchester).


The detailed list of what’s acceptable and what’s not caused an uproar.

The Elkhorn School District released a statement saying the administration placed Sinclair on leave due to receiving a “high volume” of phone calls from concerned parents and teachers.

The district quickly reversed her policy, and said that the memo does “not reflect the policy of Elkhorn Public Schools.”

Sinclair emailed parents and sincerely apologized to the staff for any confusion caused by the letter.

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9 Replies to “Principal Ignites Uproar For Banning Christmas. Removes Santas and ‘Jesus’ Candy Canes From Classrooms”

  • C. L. S. 1 year ago

    This is typical of the insane leftist liberal progressive logic process…marginalize the many in an effort to be inclusive of the few. It amazes me how adept they are at lilliputian logic. These people are supposed to be so smart, at least that is what they tell us, yet their actions and words consistently illustrate how profoundly stupid they really appear to be. Personally, I think what we are actually seeing in actions like this is an attempt to fundamently change American culture through the indoctrination of our youth.

  • Patricia 1 year ago

    I completely agree with C.L.S!
    I’m glad the parents and community went against this principals liberal “rules”!

  • Paul 1 year ago

    The more I read about Americans the less I want to continue to be one. What happen to our country! We became a banana republic! With the extreme left always taking the low road the chances for America to recover from this is dim. For me it started with Obama and that dimwitted Nancy P! I agree with our current President. He needs to drain the swamp and make America “Great Again”!

    • Anonymous 1 year ago

      Totally agree with you.

  • Phillip Higgins 1 year ago

    I wonder why she signed the directive the unintentional grinch who stole Christmas? There was nothing unintentional about what she tried to do. I’m glad it backfired.

  • Jan 1 year ago

    Push back America before they destroy OUR country…

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    America is supposed to have freedom OF religion, Not freedom FROM religion!

  • susan greenberg 1 year ago

    so weird. it seems to me like she is creating her own religion. why is gingerbread ok, but candy canes not? in fact she is excluding traditions and not being inclusive. x

    • Anonymous 1 year ago

      Maybe she likes gingerbread? I must have missed church the day they explained the candy cane. Good to know. What about the one s they make
      In a circle?
      This woman had to know she would get a whoo rah out of this. covered herself with the grench st atement. What a way to get extra days off
      For the holidays.??

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