Minnesota: St. Paul school bans Valentine’s, Christmas, Thanksgiving

To appease Somali Muslims. Creep, creep. via St. Paul school pulls plug on marking holidays like Valentine’s, Christmas – StarTribune.com

Celebrations of Valentine’s Day and the other “dominant holidays” are ending at one St. Paul elementary school, according to a letter from the principal addressed to families.

Principal Scott Masini of Bruce Vento Elementary School, whose student body is overwhelmingly nonwhite, explained in the letter that “my personal feeling is we need to find a way to honor and engage in holidays that are inclusive of our student population.”

With Valentine’s Day a little more than two weeks away, Masini noted, “I have come to the difficult decision to discontinue the celebration of the dominant holidays until we can come to a better understanding of how the dominant view will suppress someone else’s view.”

Masini said there will be no cards or treats brought to school to mark Valentine’s Day.

The letter listed the holidays that the East Side school will no longer celebrate as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Masini said the decision was made in consultation with his staff.

“One of the concerns that I have,” Masini wrote, “ … is whether or not this practice is encroaching on the educational opportunities of others and threatening the culture of tolerance and respect for all.”

Scott Masini, principal at Bruce Vento Elementary School

Masini, who has been with the district for roughly 20 years and principal at Bruce Vento School since fall 2013, acknowledged that shelving these celebrations “will be an unpopular decision with some of you.” He said school administrators would be happy to discuss the decision with concerned parents.

“Because Saint Paul Public Schools is a diverse district that is filled with families from around the world we strive to respect all cultures and all students. We recognize that not every student celebrates or participates in some or all holidays. We have a board policy that discourages programs and festivities that celebrate observances unless they are required by law,” a statement from St. Paul schools later Thursday said.

The statement included comments from Masini: “I’m struggling with this and I don’t know what the right answer is. But, what I do know is celebrating some holidays and not others is not inclusive of all of the students we serve.”

The letter surfaced Wednesday evening on an invitation-only Facebook page titled “Supporting St. Paul Students and Teachers.” By daybreak Thursday, there were dozens of comments left on the page, which was started by parents in the district two years ago in connection with teacher contract talks.

“Very sad. All the fun is gone,” read one posting. “Totally ridiculous” and “Tired of the PC,” read two others.

It appears that attention to ethnic sensitivity has been a mission of Masini’s at the school. In May, a conservative education watchdog website posted a photo of a KKK hood that was displayed during a teacher training session. Below the image were the words: “When do you wear the hood?”

“ ‘The principal allegedly displayed the picture and asked the staff to sit in silence and reflect on it for 3 to 4 minutes,” according to EAGnews.org.

Masini’s e-mail response to the website read, “The hope was that by doing the activity … that we could change any practices at our school that were unfair to students. I also thought we were ready to take this deep dive into a difficult conversation on race, white privilege, and practices that don’t serve all students. The image that was provided to you was completely taken out of context.”

Shortly before taking over as principal at Bruce Vento School at the start of the 2013-14 school year, Masini said in a note to students, families and staff that “I am extremely passionate about continuing the work to achieve equity for all students.”

According to the latest state demographic data, the student body at Bruce Vento school is 52.3 percent Asian/Pacific Islander, 35.4 percent black, 6.9 percent Hispanic, 4.3 percent white and 1 percent American Indian/Alaskan Native. More than half the students are learning English as a second language, data show.


Reactions:

via Independent Sentinel

The intolerance of Tolerance promulgated by the Totalitarian left is alive and well in our schools. One public school is doing away with Christmas – a legal national holiday, Thanksgiving – a legal national holiday, and Valentine’s Day – a really fun diversion from winter. Wait until you hear why.

A Minnesotal elementary school wants to include ethnically diverse students by excluding citizens and diminishing our culture. They are teaching the children how to not be Americans.

We have a new culture now – everyone else’s. What kind of country do they want to have, one where there is no cohesion whatsoever? There won’t be anything left for our military to protect.


via Truth Revolt

School administrators beholden to the cult of political correctness have completely gone off the rails. The latest insanity to occur in an America’s education system concerns Burce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul, which has decided to ban Valentine’s Day along with other so-called “dominant holidays” (i.e. Thanksgiving and Christmas) because the “dominant view” could “suppress someone else’s view.”


via Pamela Geller

While many public school districts across America have submitted to Muslim demands and agreed to observe the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha and make it an official holiday, other school districts are stripping away our long-held traditions and holidays, as part of the increasingly poisonous leftist-Islamic driven agenda.

The Muslim world has long hated and banned the romantic holiday, Valentine’s Day. Now we see St. Paul is following suit.


via Todd Starnes:

It sounds to me like the St. Paul area is infected with a case of ethnic sensitivity – a diagnosis confirmed by the district spokesperson.

She explained to me that their schools include many, many cultures – students from around the world – including a very large Somali population.

That’s all well and good, but the children live in America now. They are presumably Americans. As such they and their families should be acclimating to the American way of life.

They no longer live in Somalia. They live in the United States. And in the United States we celebrate St. Valentine’s Day and Thanksgiving and Christmas.


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14 Responses

  1. I sure hope this idiot principal will next be working on changing the name of the city. I mean, St. Paul, that has to be really offensive to Islam!

    You just have to wonder…when does the relentlessly stupid crap end?

  2. To me, this represents a step in the death of American history. These immigrants, if that is really what they are, need to learn the deep rots these holidays hold in our Eurpoean/American ciulture. It establishes both a boundary and precedent. The boundary keeps moslems separate from Americans. The precedent could be who, what, and when moslem kids attend. Their own attempts at schooling reveal repeated violations of even the dhimmi school districts.

  3. no more american holidays they are offense
    im sure they will introduce some muzzie scum holidays

  4. Fire the Principal! His leftist ideology is harming an entire generation of American children. So sick of these people having positions of authority in our society.

  5. Another anti-White, anti-Christian, corrupt Ignoramus who just can’t resist the lure of Arab oil money. Not to worry, the POS will get his just deserts eventually. Count on it!

  6. Wake up, this is how they plan on taking over our country. Then they can implement sharia laws on us. If you think that thought is extremist,
    Start reading about Islam. Go on utube to view what is happening in Germany, England, Sweden and Finland. It will make u sick. We have to keep these people out of our country. Plus, deport those here.

  7. Wow, sorry for the Princ. He has half the school Muslim. Dag. Might as well issue pray rugs and get on with the program. How can Valentine’s Day be celebrated with half the school not understanding Love thy Neighbor. My heart goes out for this poor bastard. I’d cancel all holidays too, just to get by each day. Shame on St Paul schools. Assimilation is necessary to keep our American values. This is not a public school. It’s a Madras teaching kids to speak English but not to assimilate to American culture.

  8. Why don’t the Muslims in this country ( USA ) just send their children to ALL MUSLIM SCHOOLS then if they don’t like everything that goes on in NON MUSLIM SCHOOLS ! REGULAR / AVERAGE/ GENERAL / GOOD OLD AMERICANS really shouldn’t HAVE TO change anything in this nation just to please / appease them ! This is THE U.S.A and I REALLY HOPE that it STAYS THE U.S.A ! If THE MUSLIMS don’t like it here the way it is THEY CAN ALL LEAVE ( I will NEVER EVER MISS ANY OF THEM ) , do you know how many parts of this world are PREDOMINANTLY MUSLIM / ISLAMIC COUNTRIES , why don’t they all just stick to living in only those then ?! I guess it can really only be because THEY REALLY PLAN ON TAKING OVER THE WHOLE WORLD !

  9. SOMALIA and SUDAN , in those countries THE MUSLIMS there are constantly ENSLAVING ( THEY TURN THEM INTO SLAVES ) & KILLING THE CHRISTIANS in those countries, but it really seems to me that our governments ( U.S.A, Europe, Canada ) is ONLY or MAINLY allowing THE MUSLIMS from those countries to come to live in our countries ! THE MUSLIMS are in NO DANGER OR PERSECUTION OR OPPRESSION in those countries , THEY ARE THE DANGER,THE PERSECUTION,THE OPPRESSION in those countries, most especially of THE CHRISTIANS in those countries.

  10. People please LISTEN TO THE POLITICAL ISLAM AUDIOS on this website, 1 of the parts of the audios covers ISLAM AND SLAVERY,on this part they even talk about A MODERN DAY / IN OUR TIMES Christian African man who managed to escape from his MUSLIM SLAVE MASTER in some African country. MUSLIMS CAPTURED HIM when he was a child. He came to the U.S.A to tell people the truth about what is really going on STILL UP TO TODAY in some African countries.

  11. According to the last name of the principle and the name of the school I take it that part of town USED TO BE predominantly ITALIAN AMERICAN back in the day.

  12. I hate Somali scumuslims.I think they are the lowest form of muzza.Why don’t these backward inbreds realise they are muzzas because their ancestors were FORCED to convert by Arab maggots ? The leftist morons are handing the west over to this shit on a plate.

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