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Principal bans candy canes, says "J shape" stands for Jesus

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A primary school principal in the US has been placed on administrative leave after she told teachers to avoid using Christmas decorations in classrooms.

She told them to instead use winter themed decorations as it was more inclusive to those who do not celebrate the holiday. 

The principal sent out a memo telling teachers what was appropriate and inappropriate for decorations. 

The appropriate decorations included: Sleds, scarves and Olaf from Frozen. 

The inappropriate decorations included: Santa, Christmas trees, anything green and red themed, reindeer and candy canes. 

She included the reasoning behind prohibiting candy canes, saying that “Historically, the shape is a ‘J’ for Jesus. The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection,” She also included multicolored candy canes in her ban. 

In a statement to Fox News The Elkhorn School District reiterated that “the memo does not reflect the policy of Elkhorn Public Schools regarding holiday symbols in the school.” 

They have placed the principal on administrative leave starting today.