This year, the parent who is organizing the movie night - which is to take place sometime in mid-November - chose The Polar Express as the movie to be shown. Santa will show up to the event, hot chocolate will be served, and apparently, kids and parents are very excited for the event to happen.
Then along comes the principal. She wrote the parent organizer and told her she would have to "nix" the film and the appearance by Santa. In fact here is the verbatim email that the principal sent the parent:
...I heard that the movie night is becoming a “Christmas type” theme. When we first talked, you mentioned a “hot chocolate” type of wintery movie night. In keeping with the district’s board regulations, I would ask that the “Christmas” theme, including Santa Claus, be “nixed”. I’m sure you can find other ideas for a “winter” theme, without excluding our families that don’t celebrate Christmas.I have always been astounded by this whole "We can't do it if just one person is offended" philosophy. If that's the standard, I'm sure any movie that is picked is bound to offend someone. Let's just cancel Movie Night. I swear, the killjoys out there won't be happy until the enjoyment is sucked out of everything.
Good Day to You, Sir