Principal banned Christmas items, candy canes 'because 'J' shape stands for Jesus'
OMAHA, Neb. (WZTV) An elementary school teacher was placed on leave after a memo to staff banning Christmas-related things, including candy canes because the popular holiday treat is in the shape of a "J" for Jesus.
This happened in Omaha, Nebraska and the principal, identified by affiliate KPTM as Jennifer Sinclair, has been placed on leave from Manchester Elementary School.
The principal apparently sent a memo earlier this week, telling teachers that certain Christmas-themed things were not appropriate.
It listed acceptable things to have in classrooms and on assignments like sledding, scarves, yetis and even Olaf from the Disney movie Frozen.
It also outlined things that were not acceptable: Santa, Christmas trees, candy canes, reindeer, red/green items, Christmas music, singing Christmas carols or playing holiday music and more.
The reasoning behind the ban on candy canes according to KETV, historically, the shape is a ‘J’ for Jesus. The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection. This would also include different colored candy canes."