- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Minnesota elementary school is banning Valentine’s Day and other “dominant holidays” for the sake of inclusiveness.

Principal Scott Masini of Bruce Vento Elementary School, whose student body is overwhelmingly nonwhite, explained in a letter to parents that he is ending the school’s celebration of dominant holidays until “we can come to a better understanding of how the dominant view will suppress someone else’s view,” the Star Tribune reported.

“One of the concerns that I have,” Mr. Masini wrote, “… is whether or not this practice is encroaching on the educational opportunities of others and threatening the culture of tolerance and respect for all.”

He concluded that the school needed to find a way to celebrate holidays that’s “inclusive of our student population.”

The ban includes Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Mr. Masini acknowledged that the decision might be unpopular for some and said school administrators would be happy to discuss the decision with concerned parents, the Star Tribune reported.

“Because Saint Paul Public Schools is a diverse district that is filled with families from around the world we strive to respect all cultures and all students,” a statement from St. Paul schools said Thursday. “We recognize that not every student celebrates or participates in some or all holidays. We have a board policy that discourages programs and festivities that celebrate observances unless they are required by law.”

Bruce Vento school is 52.3 percent Asian/Pacific Islander, 35.4 percent black, 6.9 percent Hispanic, 4.3 percent white and 1 percent American Indian/Alaskan Native, the Star Tribune reported.

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