Lydia Davenport, the principal of Heritage Elementary School in Madison, Ala., has informed staff that while children may participate in an “academic egg hunt,” the eggs are not to be called “Easter eggs,” Todd Starnes reported at Fox News Tuesday. According to Starnes, the word “Easter” has been banned in the interest of “religious diversity.”
“We had in the past a parent to question us about some of the things we do here at school,” Davenport said. “So we’re just trying to make sure we respect and honor everybody’s differences.”
According to WHNT, school staff was informed last week there would be no activities centered on religious holidays, even though there is nothing biblical about colored eggs or the “Easter bunny.”
“Kids love the bunny and we just make sure we don’t say ‘the Easter Bunny’ so that we don’t infringe on the rights of others because people relate the Easter bunny to religion,” Davenport told WHNT. “A bunny is a bunny and a rabbit is a rabbit.”
One parent told the station that the decision upset her.
“What is this world coming to?” the parent asked. “I am a Christian and proud to announce it. But even non-believers enjoy a good egg hunt. Kids need to enjoy being kids.”
“Teachers had originally planned to participate in a ‘quiz bowl’ egg hunt where students would chime in to answer with egg buzzers and search for answers to quiz questions in ‘Easter eggs’. It sounds simply like fun and games — no rugged crosses cloaked in purple silk, no images of hands clasped in prayer; just eggs — plastic ones,” WHNT said.
After meeting with district leaders, Davenport reversed the ban, but, Starnes said, refuses to let teachers use the word “Easter.”
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