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Published: Wed, December 14, 2016
Entertainment | By Alexander Flowers

School Under Fire for Nixing Charlie Brown Display

School Under Fire for Nixing Charlie Brown Display

The display showed the character Linus, along with: "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord".

Dedra Shannon put a poster, based on the famous Christmas TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas", on the nurse office door at Patterson Middle School in Killeen, Texas, on December 5.

A staffer had placed the poster on a school door. I believe it is discriminatory to not allow Christians, like myself, to put up a display that is simply an expression of the story of Christmas.

"She said my poster is an issue of separation of church and state", Shannon recalled. "She said the poster had to come down because it might offend kids from other religions or those who do not have a religion".

Mr. Paxton, a Republican, accused the school board of violating the state's 2013 "Merry Christmas" law, which he said was meant to prohibit "this type of discrimination against people of faith". "That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown", the poster read. "Well, you aren't being very diverse if you are not allowing the Christians to put something up that refers to a Christian holiday", she said.

"We talk about a community full of diversity, why can't we accept Christianity like we do everything else we have to accept", Selby said.

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The Merry Christmas Law that Texas legislators passed in 2013 removes "legal risks" from exchanging holiday greetings in classrooms and protects symbols such as Christmas trees, menorahs or Nativity scenes, so long as more than one religion is represented and a secular symbol such as a snowman is displayed.

The Killeen ISD administration has reviewed the decision made in regards to the Christmas door decoration, and supports the actions taken by the Principal in requesting that the reference to the Bible verse be removed.

It's not the first time "A Charlie Brown Christmas" has caused holiday controversy.

But CBS Waco affiliate KWTX-TV reports that Killeen administrators argue school employees are not permitted to impose their personal beliefs on students.

But the Killeen ISD administration says the decoration was not in ordinance with the Merry Christmas Bill that took effect in 2013, which requires that a display not encourage adherence to a religion.

The school district was unmoved by his arguments, however.

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