Parents outraged after Oregon school bans Santa decorations

HILLSBORO, Ore. (WHDH) — Some parents are accusing their children’s school district of crossing the line after they asked staff not to use any holiday decorations featuring Santa Claus.

Staff members at Hillsboro, Oregon schools were told to refrain from religious-themed decorations or images like Santa if they planned to decorate their classrooms.

Beth Graser, Communications Director for the district, said this is make sure all cultures and backgrounds are comfortable at school. Parents, however, disagree with the decision.

“If you’re going to put a giant cross on the window, that’s one thing,” said Jason Ramirez. “But I think Santa Claus is more folklore and American history than a religious symbol at this point.”

Graser said the school understands parents’ frustrations but the decision is simply a reminder to have people be sensitive. Several other school districts in the area already have similar holiday decoration policies.

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