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Pennsylvania School District Walks Back Telling Bus Drivers To Remove Christmas Decor For ‘Inclusivity’

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A school district in Pennsylvania initially ordered bus drivers to remove Christmas decorations and stop wearing Christmas clothing due to complaints from parents.

The decision sparked outrage and went viral online.

However, the superintendent later clarified that the memo was a result of a misunderstanding and was intended to remind employees to be inclusive of diverse holiday traditions, not to remove all signs of Christmas. (Trending: Assault Weapons Ban Set To Take Effect, Here’s What To Know)

The school “has been receiving complaints from parents concerning District employees displaying ‘Christmas’ themed decorations and/or wearing clothing of the same nature,” a memo read.

“If you have decorated your bus with anything specific to the Christmas Holiday or any other decorations relating to a specific religion, please remove them immediately.”

“In addition, employees are instructed not to wear clothing related to Christmas or any other religious holiday,” the memo added.

The memo was intended to remind bus drivers to “find a balance of the District’s attempts to be inclusive of a diverse range of holiday traditions” in response to “community concerns I have received about religious neutrality,” Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseilles said.

“To the extent that this reminder led to the communication that decorations and songs typically associated with the Christmas holiday were not permitted, this was not the intent, and efforts have been made internally to clarify this point to avoid any confusion moving forward,” Marseilles added.

“We understand the importance of recognizing and celebrating the diversity within our community. We are committed to continuously improving our communication and fostering an inclusive environment for all.”

“I did not intend — in any way — for drivers to feel they needed to turn off the holiday music, take down all the decorations or not wear any holiday clothing,” Marseilles said.

“I want to be abundantly clear that we are not in any way trying to remove all signs of Christmas from our school buses or our schools.”

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