An Alabama school district has rescinded a principalâ€™s ban on using the word â€˜Easterâ€™ to describe bunnies or eggs.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.
â€œThese traditions are a part of our rich heritage and I do not see them as infringing on onesâ€™ religious rights,â€ Fowler wrote in a letter to parents. â€œAdditionally, words such as Christmas and Easter are not banned at our schools.â€
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 â€“ in the interest of religious diversity.
â€œWe had in the past a parent to question us about some of the things we do here at school,â€ said Davenport. â€œSo weâ€™re just trying to make sure we respect and honor everybodyâ€™s differences.â€
The principal then stepped in and cancelled the schoolâ€™s Easter Egg hunt for kindergarden and second grade students, the superintendent said.
â€œKids love the bunny and we just make sure we donâ€™t say â€˜the Easter Bunnyâ€™ so that we donâ€™t infringe on the rights of others because people relate the Easter bunny to religion,â€ she told the television station. â€œ A bunny is a bunny and a rabbit is a rabbit.â€
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