- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Santa Claus and the Pledge of Allegiance have been restored at a Brooklyn public elementary school after a ban caused a public outcry.

For the first time this school year, two fifth-graders at P.S. 169 recited the pledge over the PA system Tuesday morning, one day after the New York Post reported on the “bizarre P.C. extremism” of Principal Eujin Jaela Kim.

Department of Education officials said the pledge will be recited over the loudspeakers every morning, in response to backlash from the community, the Post reported.

Santa Claus is also reinstated at the school, after Ms. Kim reportedly told staffers last week, “Do not celebrate Christmas, do not celebrate gift-gifting, do not celebrate Santa. We need to be respectful.”

Officials said the school emailed staffers new guidelines Monday allowing the use of Santa Claus “as a holiday symbol with secular dimensions,” the Post reported.

“I apologize for any confusion this may have caused,” Ms. Kim wrote in the email.

PTA President Mimi Ferrer said, “It never would have happened if the Post didn’t do the story. That’s the only way we got our voices heard.

“I’m ecstatic that Santa can come back,” Ms. Ferrer said. “Hopefully, he can make a visit to the kids in our school for our winter celebration on Thursday.”


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