An elementary school in Nebraska is dealing with a real life Grinch. Manchester Elementary principal Jennifer Sinclair was placed on administrative leave last week after sending out a strict list banning certain Christmas items. On her “naughty” list? Santa Claus, Christmas trees, reindeer, red and green items and candy canes.
According to the memo sent to teachers, candy canes were banned because "historically the J shape is for Jesus. The red is for blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection." The memo was signed "the (Unintentional) Grinch who stole Christmas (from Manchester)."
As for the “nice” list, Sinclair said polar bears, penguins, gingerbread people and snowmen were totally okay. Somehow, a free speech advocacy group got a hold of the memo and posted it online saying it "violates the U.S. Constitution by showing hostility toward Christianity." The school district apparently agreed – put Sinclair on leave and reversed the ban.