San Jose, CA - Elementary School Parents Pull Kids, Stage Walkout Over Cancelled Field Trip To See Santa After Jewish Mom Objection
San Jose, CA - Some two dozen parents of kindergartners at the Sartorette Elementary School pulled their kids and staged a walkout on Friday after the principal cancelled the school’s ten-year-old field trip tradition of walking to a local coffee shop to see Santa.
NBCBAYAREA.com (http://bit.ly/1Oga3GZ) reports that the cancellation of the field trip by school officials culminated a months-long discussion between the superintendent’s office and the mother of a Jewish child who complained that she didn’t think the tradition was in the “best practices” for all children.
Talia, granddaughter of Polish Jews who were beaten due to their religion, said Christmas brings back painful memories for her and that she didn’t think it was fair to force her daughter to participate in the letters to Santa and reindeer activities during the week prior to the field trip.
Over the past couple months Talia worked with school officials in pursuit of a compromise that would have delayed Santa’s arrival at the coffee shop until after school hours, but a miscommunication with the coffee shop owner and school officials resulted in the cancellation.
Many parents involved in the walkout are now blaming Talia for ruining their Christmas.
“My Christmas has been soured because of it,” said protest organizer Vanessa Howes. “We had all the supporters come out here today and it just feels so liberating because we have a voice and it needs to be heard.”
Talia said, “That sends a message to the kids who do not practice Christmas at home that I am not as American as my peers.”
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