Santa Claus Banned from Elementary School Concert

Amanda Casanova | Religion Today Contributing Writer | Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Santa Claus Banned from Elementary School Concert

A Massachusetts school has banned Santa Claus from its annual Christmas concert after a complaint.


“I am writing to you today to inform you of a change in our concert series this winter,” wrote Principal Jennifer Ford in a letter to parents of the Peabody School in Cambridge.  “Our first through fourth grade concert as well as our kindergarten concert will not include a visit from Santa Claus this year.”


“I am sensitive to the fact that you may not want your child involved in this event,” Ford wrote in a letter obtained by the Boston Globe. “If you prefer that your child spend time with me that afternoon, please let me know. I will be in the library, playing games and reading books with the children.”


Ford didn’t explain her decision, but families in the Cambridge, Mass. Town are upset.


“I come from a city that celebrates diversity and tolerance,” parent Robert Thompson told Fox & Friends. “At its base this decision reeks of intolerance.”


In 2007, the town of Cambridge stopped a Boy Scout troop from collecting care packages for soldiers because complaints came that the scouts were making a “political statement.”



Publication date: December 17, 2014