Jewish mom cancels Christmas for school kids; angry parents fight back

Sartorette SchoolWhatever happened to just not participating?

A group of California parents, who have had enough of everyone having to suffer because one person is offended, took matters into their own hands, and their children out of school.

On Friday 20 – 30 children were pulled out of Sartorette Elementary School by their parents and taken on a trip to see Santa Claus after the school cancelled its annual field trip because one Jewish woman complained it was not inclusive, KNTV reported.

The trip, which the school has done for 10 years, traditionally included writing letters to Santa and sipping hot cocoa while sitting on Santa’s lap.

The angry mother, who wished to only be identified as Talia, wrote a four-page letter to the school committee in which she complained that public schools ought to keep the focus on all religions during the holidays and that the Santa trip was unfair to students who didn’t celebrate Christmas.

“This is not a Jewish issue for me. It’s an inclusion issue,” she told KNTV.

“We can’t spend five days on just one culture,” she added. “That’s fostering intolerance. When Christmas is given the same time, or less time, than American holidays, like Veterans Day, then kids don’t feel as American.”

Other parents saw her as a modern day Scrooge.

She said many of the parents unfriended her on Facebook and one even shouted “You’re the one who started the war on Christmas.”

“We had a person come in last week to my son’s class to speak about Hanukkah, and it would be like saying, ‘I don’t want you coming into the classroom because I don’t want my son around that, or learning about that,'” Vanessa Howe, the parent who led the protest, said.

Ernesto May, the owner of Big E Café where the annual event is held, also expressed disappointment.

“I can’t get rid of Santa. It’s an unfortunate situation. Last year, we had 160 children come by to decorate the place, drop letters off to Santa and families donated toys,” he told KNTV.

“What are they going to cancel next? I know she means well, but we can’t shield our children from everything. When is it going to stop?”

Never as long as people keep caving in.

Watch the report below.

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Carmine Sabia Jr started his own professional wrestling business at age 18 and went on to become a real estate investor. Currently he is a pundit who covers political news and current events.
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10 thoughts on “Jewish mom cancels Christmas for school kids; angry parents fight back

  1. coneyro says:

    As a Jewish person growing up attending public school, I was uncomfortable because I couldn’t opt out of participating in Christmas school events. When I tried one time, it caused a big todo. Nowadays, for schools that still celebrate Christmas, students should have the ability to not get involved, if they so choose. Instead of denying everyone, let those that want to partake, do so. Find a fun alternative for the remainder. That is why public schools are called “public”. I would personally like no specific religious inclination of any kind during school hours. Optional activities after normal school hours could be an alternative. It is impossible to appease everyone.

    1. Rena says:

      I grew up as a Jehovah Witness and we were allowed to either leave early or go to another room with other students who weren’t celebrating. Even if we were the only one, there was a teacher in other room and we would get to do art or other things. I never felt out of place and on some occasions was teased about it but kids get teased about many things. Im thankful I had a loving family and congregation that taught us about these things.

    2. track32 says:

      The Santa thing really isn’t religious

    3. Dude, Santa is not religious.

      1. AbbyRhodes says:

        Except he brings presents for Jesus’ birthday.

        1. RealSmrtAlec says:

          No, Santa does not bring presents for Jesus birthday you blithering idiot. Santa and gift giving has NOTHING to do with Jesus. NOTHING.

  2. No, this is a lie, “This is not a Jewish issue for me. It’s an inclusion issue,” she told KNTV.” She is simply angry at kids being involved in a fantasy Christmas fun day. I mean, Santa isn’t even Christian, when you think about it. Someone needs to tell this uptight woman (other terms comes to mind) to get a life. Preferably it should have been the spineless school admin.

  3. Gary Alan Hardy says:

    and does she want us to lay down our lives for Israel ? ? ?

  4. AbbyRhodes says:

    Why not just learn in school and go see Santa on your own time? Field trips are supposed to be educational.

  5. tsigili says:

    That IS the kind of petty behavior, that shows no tolerance for OTHER people’s religion.

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