From EAG News:
NEW YORK – Thirty-three year old Brooklyn principal Eujin Jaela Kim replaced her school’s Christmas parties with “winter celebrations,” and outlawed The Pledge of Allegiance.
The new principal also eliminated Thanksgiving, despite clear notice from the city’s department of education allowing for holiday themes and symbols, the New York Post reports.
“We definitely can’t say Christmas, nothing with Christmas on it, nothing with Santa,” local PTA president Mimi Ferrer told the news site. “No angels. We can’t even have a star because it can represent a religious system, like the Star of David.”
About 95 percent of students at Brooklyn’s PS 169 are either Hispanic or Asian, and assistant principal Jose Chaparro announced last month that the school is changing its holiday traditions to “be sensitive of the diversity of our families.
“Not all children celebrate the same holidays,” Chaparro wrote.
That’s undoubtedly why the city’s Department of Education allows schools to use Santa as a secular figure, Christmas trees, candleholders for Kwanzaa, Islamic symbols, dreidels, and Hanukkah menorahs, while prohibiting against “images of deities, religious figures or religious texts,” according to the news site.
But each school’s policies are left up to local leaders, and Kim apparently prefers to error on the side of political correctness.
“In case you were wondering about grey areas: Santa Claus is considered an ‘other religious figure,’” PS 169 business manager Johanna Bjorken wrote to staff last month, according to the Post.
Kim took over leadership of PS 169 this year from interim principal…