A Massachusetts school has reversed its plan to cancel its annual trip to see "The Nutcracker" over parental concerns that religious content in the show might be objectionable to some students.
Students at Butler Elementary School in the Boston suburb of Belmont have attended the traditional holiday ballet performance for years. But this year the school's Parent-Teacher Association called off the trip when some parents voiced concerns that a Christmas tree onstage might offend non-Christian students, WHDH-TV
in Boston reported.
At a PTA meeting Tuesday night, some people were told they were being discriminatory if they supported their children attending the event, the station reported.
"I went once as a kid as well. I think it's anybody's choice. They should still offer it but you don't have to go if you don't like," parent Adam Campana told WHDH.
Other parents were upset that the PTA canceled the trip without announcing it.
"In the past years there were parents complaints, as 'The Nutcracker' has a religious content. I think we clarified with the parents," PTA Co-President Barbara Bulfoni said.
But some parents who were on the winning side fear the issue will return next year.
Hannah Sparks of Boston.com
noted that the Christmas tree actually has pagan roots, and didn't become a symbol of the holiday in America until the 1800s. Previously, it had been banned by Puritans because it was seen as a "pagan mockery" of Christmas.
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