Updated: Friday, 04 Dec 2009, 6:23 PM EST
Published : Friday, 04 Dec 2009, 5:03 PM EST
Waterbury (WTNH) - There's a controversy of sorts going on at one Waterbury
elementary school. You won't see holiday decorations on the windows
or inside on the walls at Waterbury's Walsh Elementary School.
The school does not display any secular nor religious symbols of Christmas. That means no Santa Clauses, no Christmas Trees and no classroom celebrations.
"It's kind of silly when it's everywhere else these kids have
been raised on this forever," Joan Dangelo, a grandparent, said.
Rodney Parker, the parent liaison at the school, says its been this way for a few years and he's gotten no complaints.
"I haven't heard a parent complain anything about it so I don't know where this is coming from," Parker said.
It's not just at Walsh School. Waterbury asks all of its
principals to be aware of its multi-cultural community and not
create situations where some students may be offended.
A statement from Superintendent David Snead reads "Student assemblies or classroom parties need to celebrate all holidays if they are to be held. Displays also need to be all inclusive"
"We have singing. We have Christmas. Hanukkah songs and it's an all-inclusive thing," Parker said.