The report claimed the school system was cracking down on religious expression, a claim denied by Brooklet Elementary School Principal Marlin Baker who responded that “holiday traditions and especially those of Christmas are alive and well.” He said BES. Bulloch County Schools and BES’s administrators have not, nor do they plan to remove any student’s learning experiences about Christmas or any other seasonal holiday. Students across the district returned Monday from Thanksgiving break, and already student’s holiday artwork (left) is going up on bulletin boards, walls and doorways.
In a press release the school board said “Unfortunately,…Brooklet Elementary was terrorized by an intentional and vicious dissemination of untrue information that disrupted the good work going on inside. Fox News Radio 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 the 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 (right) to the opposite wall inside the office work room so that the staff members 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."
Bulloch County School Superintendent Charles Wilson said he was “appalled by this attack on our school system, and on Brooklet Elementary.”
“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.”