Santa Claus Banned from Elementary School Concert

Amanda Casanova | Contributor | 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

Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.