Please, make it stop! Just when I thought we’d enjoy a holiday free of stories about that right wing fantasy known as The War on Christmas, NBC-DFW Channel 5 news ran a story today entitled “Christmas Cut from Fort Worth ISD Classrooms.”
Take some smelling salts and find a couch, people. The recently announced FWISD rules aren’t that draconian. Their main purpose is to restrict gift-giving during classroom time. Gift exchanges before or after class or during lunch are still allowed. Holiday decorations that don’t endorse a specific religion are a-ok. Classroom visits from Santa Claus aren’t permitted, however. Santa can be “in the school, outside the school, around the school. But he cannot be inside the classroom while the teacher is teaching,” said a district spokesman.
Really? So a guy can hang around the edge of the schoolyard in a Santa suit and that’s cool with everybody? I don’t remember St. Nick hanging around campus at all when I was in school. We would’ve thought that was a little strange.
The Channel 5 story did make me chuckle, though. The reporter interviewed the father of three Fort Worth ISD grade school students. The kids wore what appeared to be Boy Scout uniforms. The piece also included a family photo of the boys being hugged by Santa Claus. The implication went: What kind of monster would want to drag Boy Scouts from Santa’s arms? The Fort Worth ISD, that’s who! Oy vey, I’m glad I’m not a public school official.