Tennessee teacher reprimanded for putting up religious items

A Wilson Central teacher received a reprimand Monday after he placed several items that recognized different religions and cultures next to a Christmas tree at the school last week, the Tennessean reports.

Andrew Lindauer, an English teacher at Wilson Central, put up a Menorah, as well as signs that said “Happy Kwanzaa” and “May Allah bless your family,” by a Christmas tree in a hallway just before the Thanksgiving break without proper permission.

Wilson Central Principal Pat Suddarth was not aware the items had been placed by Lindauer and was outside the building when she received a complaint by a parent. Suddarth had the items taken down to evaluate the complaint.

Lindauer put up the items to recognize Jewish, Muslim and African-American students at Wilson Central, he said last week.

The school system does not consider a Christmas tree as a religious reference.

via Wilson Central teacher reprimanded for putting up religious items.

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