GOOD NEWS School Reverses PC Principal's Bans on Santa and Pledge of Allegiance
Following media coverage and public outrage, a New York City school district overruled a "PC principal's" ban on the Pledge of Allegiance and Santa Claus.
Principal Eujin Kim apologized for causing confusion in an email to school staff at PS 169 in Brooklyn.
The New York Post reported:
District 15 Superintendent Anita Skop stormed in the front door at 9:50 a.m., and minutes later, two fifth-grade boys were brought to the main office to lead a recital over the public-address system of the Pledge of Allegiance, teachers told The Post.
Santa Claus is now reinstated at the school, and Department of Education officials said on Monday that the Pledge of Allegiance will be recited over the PA system every morning, in response to concerns from the community.
The reversal came shortly after the school's PTA president spoke out against Kim on "Fox and Friends."
"We are in America, we're supposed to be proud of where we are. We have all these immigrants coming into our school, we understand their beliefs, but we are in America and we're supposed to keep the American dream alive," Ferrer said.
The ban on Santa Claus reportedly came amid an effort by Kim to scrub all religious symbols from the school.
Ferrer said that people aren't allowed to say "Merry Christmas" inside the school.
For reasons unclear, students were also not reciting the Pledge of Allegiance since Kim took over at the school.
Winter celebrations were substituted for Christmas parties and a Harvest Festival replaced the Thanksgiving celebration last month.
A city Department of Education official told the New York Post that Santa is allowed under the law and not considered religious.