BANGOR, Maine – Veteran Bangor High School math teacher Catherine Gordon has had enough.
“When I first started teaching, we had parties the last day of school before vacation and the kids would bring in cookies and we played holiday music – none of that is allowed now,” Gordon posted to Facebook Friday.
“I feel that this is definitely a turning point in our society – when everything offends everyone all the time – it just sucks the joy out of everything,” she wrote, according to the Bangor Daily News.
Gordon took to Facebook to vent her frustrations after she said Bangor High principal Paul Butler made her take down a tiny pink Hello Kitty Christmas tree she put up in her classroom earlier in the week, WLBZ reports.
Gordon wrote the controversial Hello Kitty Christmas tree featured absolutely no religious references, just smiling pink cats – “my students really enjoyed it and it cheered me up during the day.”
Gordon wrote that she’s put up holiday decorations in her classroom for 30 years without complaint, but blames political correctness run amok for changing schools for the worse.
“I just think it’s because of the culture and our society now, that we are so afraid that it might offend somebody, that we have become so conscious of that, that in our wanting to not offend, we literally are being restrictive on everything now,” she wrote. “It’s like nothing is deemed appropriate.”
Gordon’s post quickly gained a lot of comments and shares on Facebook and attracted the attention of several news stations, as well as Bangor Superintendent Betsey Webb. Webb responded to the post with a robotic statement rife with PC jargon that essentially hammered home Gordon’s point.
“In alignment with national and state standards, the Bangor School Department educates students about culture, traditions and holidays through curriculum ties in English language arts, music, art, social studies and world languages,” Webb droned. “Our focus is educating students to become global citizens with the necessary 21st century skills for college and career readiness for their future success.”
“Maintaining consistency with this approach has not been an issue for the Bangor School Department, as faculty and staff are committed to what is in the best interest of students and working towards our mission of academic excellence for all,” the statement read, according to the Daily News.
An informal Twitter poll conducted by WLBZ shows a whopping 94 percent of the 157 voters who weighed in believe Gordon should be allowed to keep her Christmas tree in the classroom.
The incident follows Christmas program cancelations at numerous schools across the country this year over complaints about the religious aspects of the holiday.
Most recently, a Plaintsville, Kentucky school banned students from acting out the most important part of their “A Charlie Brown Christmas” play – when Linus Van Pelt answers Charlie Brown’s question about whether anyone knows the real meaning of Christmas by reciting Luke 2:8-12, EAGnews reports.
Paintsville parents rallied together to read the verse from the bleachers during the student production at W.R. Castle Elementary last Thursday, a video of which was posted online.