BATAVIA, N.Y. (FOX/WROC) - A New York school district is taking the merry out of Christmas. The Batavia City School District has asked principals to enforce a policy banning Christmas and Hanukah decorations in classrooms.
Lucy Hudson has been looking forward to the holiday party at her son's school and thinks this ban is ridiculous. "It's been Christmas all these years and now to a bunch of people that's not politically correct. i think that's a bunch of baloney. The effect is that were having a bunch of kids that are hoodlums growing up because they don't have any morality anymore."
In a memo titled "Religious Expression in the Schools", the board lists unacceptable holiday activities. It states that teachers are not allowed to say or write the phrase Merry Christmas.
One school board member says the policy was adopted in 2001 as part of the No Child Left Behind Act, to get federal funding. But parents and teachers say this is the first time they've heard about it.
Teachers will be allowed to have a "multicultural celebration." But, according to the board, "it would be inappropriate to organize a Christmas party for a classroom or school."
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