The Hillsboro School District in Oregon has taken the war on Christmas to another level.
A memo sent to teachers said, “You may still decorate your door or office if you like, but we ask that you be respectful and sensitive to the diverse perspectives and beliefs of our community and refrain from using religious-themed decorations or images like Santa Claus.”
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Some parents think this is going too far. One parent told KATU “I'm from that generation where we believe in Santa, and my kids believe in Santa, and they should be able to celebrate it.”
Beth Graser, communications director for Hillsboro School District, defended and explained the memo. “It really went out as a notification to staff, not even parents, just to make sure they are being sensitive and thoughtful as they enter the holiday season,” she said.
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While Graser understands the frustration, she continued to push the 'sensitive' angle saying “Again, it's just really a reminder to get people to be sensitive.”
The news of the ban has caused the school board to issue a statement.
“This started with our Human Resources team sending out a memo to central office staff explaining that we would not be having a door decorating contest this year because the “competition” aspect had led to some decorations getting a bit excessive. As a result, we had some staff members and visitors to our building indicate that they were uncomfortable and didn’t feel welcome due to the overwhelming Christmas atmosphere that had been created,” it said.
Uncomfortable? The statement continues...
“We have no policies or directives around this issue, we merely want to remind staff that we need to create inclusive and welcoming spaces for all of our students and realize that many of our students—because of their religion, culture, or other beliefs—do not feel comfortable (and in many cases may not be allowed by their parents) participating in activities that are holiday-based or religious in nature, or being surrounded by imagery that is a direct affront to them.”
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