Prin­ci­pal’s cane mutiny

Ottawa Sun - - NEWS - — Brad Hunter

An uber-woke el­e­men­tary school prin­ci­pal in Ne­braska has been sus­pended af­ter she put the ki­bosh on Christ­mas.

Su­per-sen­si­tive Jen­nifer Sin­clair banned candy canes, be­cause they’re shaped like a J. And J, of course, stands for Je­sus.

The touched teacher sent a memo to teach­ers at Manch­ester El­e­men­tary School in Omaha last week with clear in­struc­tions about the class­room dec­o­ra­tions.

The tor­tured memo bor­ders on the ab­surd: generic win­ter dec­o­ra­tions fea­tur­ing snowflakes, po­lar bears, snow­men and pen­guins were OK.

So is Olaf from the Dis­ney film Frozen.

But Christ­mas? Nope. No way. Santa Claus, Christ­mas trees, elf on the shelf, rein­deer, any red and green items and candy canes were also grinched out. “His­tor­i­cally, the shape is a J for Je­sus,” she wrote in her Scrooge-chan­nelling opus, ac­cord­ing to KETV. “The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a sym­bol of his res­ur­rec­tion.” Who knew? Other coloured candy canes were also ditched, and for­get gifts of Christ­mas or­na­ments. “This as­sumes that the fam­ily has a Christ­mas tree, which as­sumes they cel­e­brate Christ­mas. I chal­lenge the thought of, ‘Well, they can just hang it some­where else,’ ” the gutsy killjoy mused. “We are not to be do­ing any Christ­mas or hol­i­day-spe­cific themed ac­tiv­i­ties with stu­dents.

“We have var­ied re­li­gious be­liefs in our school, and it is our job to be in­clu­sive. Please re­flect on what you’ve al­ready copied, prepped and posted.”

And then comes the iron fist in the vel­vet glove.

“I’m hope­ful we can avoid the dis­com­fort of me di­rectly ques­tion­ing some­thing you’ve copied, posted and had your kids do.”

But the air­head ed­u­ca­tor has run afoul of the Elkhorn pub­lic schools dis­trict, which said the ban does not re­flect board pol­icy.

She didn’t con­sult the school board. Now, Sin­clair has been put on leave.

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