Nebraska school that declared candy canes ‘too religious’ pulls yearbook with Christian symbol

Fifth graders at an Omaha, Neb. school voted to put inspirational words shaped like a cross on the front cover of their yearbook. The cross-shaped design featured words like love, imagine, dream, and faith.

But several weeks after Manchester Elementary School printed its yearbook, an issue was raised about the religious imagery – before the commemorative books had been placed in students’ hands.

Kara Perchal, a spokeswoman for Elkhorn Public Schools, said leaders of the school’s parent-teacher organization, which oversees the yearbook, decided to scrub the kids’ choice from the cover.

The PTO reprinted the yearbooks without the cross shape and just a sky on the cover.

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