School Considered Canceling Nutcracker Trip, To Protect Kids from Christmas Tree Exposure. @Reason.com http://t.co/GLDSR9lv9N— Lenore Skenazy (@FreeRangeKids) November 24, 2014She writes
It's a Christmas miracle! An elementary school in a Boston suburb that was going to cancel its annual trip to see The Nutcracker has decided allowing kids to see a Christmas tree on stage will not destroy the non-Christians in the audience.Boldface emphasis added by me.The trip to see the famous ballet has been a tradition at the school for years, but apparently some felt the trip was improper because there is a Christmas tree on the stage.The issue came to a head at a [Butler Elementary School] PTA meeting Tuesday night. A source said some people were told they were being discriminatory if they supported their kids going to "The Nutcracker."The controversy was so white-hot, the PTA apparently worked in secret to cancel the field trip:Some parents of the second graders, who didn't want to appear on camera, told 7News that they're also upset because PTA leaders secretly cancelled the field trip without telling anyone, but word spread.PTA Co-President Barbara Bulfoni said, "In the past years there were parents complaints as 'The Nutcracker' has a religious content."