Hello Kitty Christmas Tree Causes Classroom Controversy

A teacher at Bangor High School in Maine was asked by the principal to remove the Christmas tree because it was "inappropriate."
2:11 | 12/22/15

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Katherine Gordon has been teaching math at Bangor high school for thirty years. For the past ten years is so she has put up a small pink hello kitty themed Christmas tree and her classroom. She never heard a complaint until last Friday when the school principal Paul Butler told her the tree was inappropriate. I hat decorated thirty years there was no change of note policy notice given to me. And I was told Friday to take down my pink hello kitty tree. Which the students and I enjoyed for years. When she first started teaching they were full size trees in classrooms and in the front office and then go away from that kind to be inclusive or I'll. Children. I didn't think I think hello kitty cheek. Was and offense but not religious items on and it's stars now angels. And it's tree is up at my class and years and years. In a written statement Bangor superintendent Betsy Webb said quote. The school educate students about culture traditions and holidays through curriculum ties in English language arts it. Music art social studies and world languages. Our focus is educating students to become global citizens with the necessary 21 century skills for college readiness for their future success unquote. City councilor David Healy says he disagrees with the school's position. We teach children about tolerance. And acceptance. And understanding of the history of other religions and our public schools. So why shouldn't we allow. To show even further not just. They're teaching the history but some of the symbols Needham an oral or Christmas tree or what have you. On Friday Gordon posted her story on FaceBook that pose spurred hundreds of comments and had been shared 275. Times. By Monday afternoon. Meanwhile. Neil he pondered the meaning behind the break does schools all across the state are about to take. Do they call it Christmas vacation or they call it a holiday vacation. I don't confuse. This is Rene ought to weigh reporting for a beastie seven and fox twenty.

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