Candy canes seem innocent enough...what could possibly be "wrong" with them?

In what seems to be a little too extreme and over-the-top politically correct...A school principal at Manchester Elementary School in Elkhorn, Nebraska named Jennifer Sinclair, recently sent out a memo to the staff about what is and isn't acceptable at the school during the holiday season.

Courtesy: Jon Helgason - Thinkstock
Courtesy: Jon Helgason - Thinkstock

Basically, her goal was to remove anything with religious themes...and that included candy canes. Why? Quote, "Historically, the shape is 'J' for Jesus. The red is the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection."

The school was flooded with angry calls from parents...leading to the school district SUSPENDING Sinclair while they investigate.

At first, I had never heard ANY of those theories on candy canes before. Until, I did a quick Google search. I did find a lot articles on how you can use candy canes to teach children and remind the rest of us of the real "meaning of the season".

What's confusing to me is, who holds a candy cane upside down and sees the letter "J"? Traditionally, I think most people, just hang a candy cane on the tree. Then the candy cane is in the shape of a question mark (?) no problem right? Nope, naysayers like this teacher say, now it looks like a "shepherd's hook"!

In summary, candy canes are a delicious confection made of sugar, corn starch and peppermint flavoring, and great for giving you "fresh breath". Plus, they double as lovely Christmas decoration when hung on the tree. Rarely, do most people put any more thought into it than that. But, we have to remember, sadly, this is the world we live in now in 2018, almost 2019.

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