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Liberal School Principal Tries to Scrub School Clean of Political Incorrectness

Tis the season for political correctness, apparently. At least that's the case in a Brooklyn school, where the new principal tried to ban anything remotely religious in nature, including the Pledge of Allegiance.

Eujin Jaela Kim, the new principal of PS 169 in Sunset Park, instituted new policies that ban Christmas, Thanksgiving and pledging to the flag.

Last month, the assistant principal sent out a memo to teachers saying that Thanksgiving would be called a 'harvest festival' and that Christmastime would be referred to as a 'winter celebration.' The memo urged the staff to “be sensitive of the diversity of our families. Not all children celebrate the same holidays."

“We definitely can’t say Christmas, nothing with Christmas on it, nothing with Santa,” said Mimi Ferrer, president of the PTA, last week in an interview with the New York Post. “No angels. We can’t even have a star because it can represent a religious system, like the Star of David.”

Her efforts were thwarted by the district superintendent. After finding out what was going on in the elementary school, Superintendent Anita Skop took a trip to the school early Monday morning and had two students recite the Pledge of Allegiance over the public address system. According to the Department of Education, it will continue to be recited every day.

Santa is also back, according to the district. “I’m ecstatic that Santa can come back,” said Ferer. “Hopefully, he can make a visit to the kids in our school for our winter celebration on Thursday.”

The district officials made it clear that holiday symbols with secular dimensions could be featured; only religious texts and figures are banned.

"I apologize for any confusion this may have caused," wrote Kim in an email.

Kim is lucky; she came pretty close to getting some coal in her stocking.

Photo: Fox 5 NY

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