December 5-- The Bulloch County school system says a Fox News report on alleged efforts to thwart celebration of Christmas at the Brooklet Elementary School is false. The school system issued the following statement.
"Brooklet Elementary School's (BES) holiday traditions and especially those of Christmas are alive and well," said BES Principal Marlin Baker. Bulloch County Schools nor BES's administrators have not, nor do they plan to remove any student's learning experiences about Christmas or any other seasonal holiday. Students returned Monday from Thanksgiving break, and already student's holiday artwork is going up on bulletin boards, walls and doorways.
Unfortunately, today the school was terrorized by an intentional and vicious dissemination of untrue information that disrupted the good work going on inside. Fox News Radio Commentary Host Todd Starnes, acting on misinformation that neither he, nor his media outlet corroborated with the school system or Baker, misreported a story about student Christmas Cards being removed from the school. Baker did not receive any questions from the local community either.
The cards in question were not student Christmas cards, nor were they a student project or tradition. The cards are the personal family Christmas cards that faculty members share with one another. They are the personal cards from their homes that they would send to family and friends.
It has been a faculty tradition to post the cards on a small display board made of two pieces of red and green poster paper. The display in the past was posted in hallway outside the office workroom.
This year, due to a legitimate, personal privacy concern raised by one of the school's staff members, Baker moved the display to the opposite wall inside the office work room so that the staff member could still participate in the tradition. Baker wanted to respect the staff member's privacy and that of his/her children depicted in the Christmas card.
The display being moved had absolutely nothing to do with the current open and ongoing discussions that the school system is having with local citizens about religious liberties and expression. "We don't want this misinformation to derail the positive work we are committed to with our community leaders," said Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson.
"I'm appalled by this attack on our school system, and on Brooklet Elementary," said Superintendent Charles Wilson. "We have outstanding faculty, motivated students, and very supportive parents," Baker said. "Our holiday musical is December 17, at 6:30 p.m., and we'd like to invite everyone to attend. This event and all of our long-standing traditions are firmly in place."
The following information from the Rick Allen campaign was posted earlier.
December 3-- Augusta businessman and congressional candidate Rick Allen today signed an online petition opposing Bulloch County’s ban on Christmas cards in public schools which keeps teachers from posting cards from themselves to the students in school hallways. The practice has been allowed for years and has become a tradition.
According to Fox News Radio: “When boys and girls returned from Thanksgiving break, they discovered that their teachers’ Christmas cards had been removed – under orders from the Georgia school’s administration.”
"When we ban God, faith, and love from our schools, we lose more and more of the values upon which the Founding Fathers established America" Allen said. “We may differ on political issues, but everyone should be able to agree that teachers wishing their students a Merry Christmas is a much-needed force for good in troubling times for our nation.”
This is not the only anti-Christian measure undertaken by the school board. According to Fox News Radio commentator Todd Starnes:
The Christmas card censorship comes as the Bulloch County Board of Education cracks down on religious expression in their schools.
Teachers have been ordered to remove any religious icons or items from their classrooms – ranging from Bibles to Christian music.
Teachers have also been instructed to avoid student-led prayers at all costs.
Should they be in a room where students are praying, teachers have been ordered to turn their backs on their students.
Allen signed the online petition opposing the anti-Christmas measure
and will join parents and teachers opposing it at a school board meeting on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
“If being a candidate for office helps me focus attention on the undermining of American values, then I will use my campaign for that purpose,” Allen said. “This is more important and more dangerous to our society than the laws being made in Washington, D.C. and we need to make a stand as Georgians and Americans.