School Principal: “We Need To Be Careful” About Celebrating Thanksgiving
A Somerville, MA school principal, Anne Foley, who has ordered that kids not dress for Halloween, sent an email to teachers warning them about Thanksgiving, and she has much support.
“When we were young we might have been able to claim ignorance of the atrocities that Christopher Columbus committed against the indigenous peoples,” wrote Kennedy School Principal Anne Foley. “We can no longer do so. For many of us and our students celebrating this particular person is an insult and a slight to the people he annihilated. On the same lines, we need to be careful around the Thanksgiving Day time as well.”
Mayor Joseph Curtatone said, “She raises a fair point. History is messy.” School Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi said her “intention is to be very, very sensitive to all of the many, many cultures” of Somerville. Foley said she just wanted to “open up a conversation.”Click here for reuse options!
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