Sunday, November 23, 2014

O Xmas Tree! O Xmas Tree! Thy leaves are so alienating!

BELMONT, MA (WHDH) - The Butler Elementary School PTA in Belmont reversed the decision to cancel a field trip to see "The Nutcracker" after some parents claimed it had questionable content.

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 PTA meeting Tuesday night. A source said some people were told they were being discriminatory if they supported their kids going to "The Nutcracker."

"I went once as a kid as well. I think it's anybody's choice. They should still offer it but you don't have to go if you don't like," said parent Adam Campana.

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. I think we clarified with the parents."

Some of the parents that pushed back against the decision are happy they won but are concerned it'll come up again next year.

"I've had four kids go to the school, my fourth is here, and they've done nothing but enjoy it," said parent Laurie Manjikian.

One PTA board member said they were considering stepping down over the controversy.

1 comment:

  1. This is the funniest thing I've read in a while. I remember an extreme right-wing "traditionalist" schismatic RC priest (a friend of my family) railing against Christmas trees because of their Germanic pagan origins.