School District Rescinds ‘Easter’ Ban

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March 30, 2013

An Alabama school district has rescinded a principal’s ban on using the word ‘Easter’ to describe bunnies or eggs.

Dee Fowler, the superintendent of Madison City Schools, said all seasonal activities like Christmas and Easter are acceptable in city schools, according to a letter obtained by Fox News.

“These traditions are a part of our rich heritage and I do not see them as infringing on ones’ religious rights,” Fowler wrote in a letter to parents. “Additionally, words such as Christmas and Easter are not banned at our schools.”

Television station WHNT reported that Lydia Davenport, the principal of Heritage Elementary School told teachers that no activities related to or centered around any religious holiday would be allowed – in the interest of religious diversity.

“We had in the past a parent to question us about some of the things we do here at school,” said Davenport. “So we’re just trying to make sure we respect and honor everybody’s differences.”

The principal then stepped in and cancelled the school’s Easter Egg hunt for kindergarden and second grade students, the superintendent said.

“Kids love the bunny and we just make sure we don’t say ‘the Easter Bunny’ so that we don’t infringe on the rights of others because people relate the Easter bunny to religion,” she told the television station. “ A bunny is a bunny and a rabbit is a rabbit.”

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