Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Oh, No--Not The SANTA!

What kind of person finds "Miracle On 34th Street" objectionable? Apparently, the kind of people who run McCall Middle School in Winchester, MA. The following email was sent out last Friday:

Sent: Friday, November 09, 2007 12:10 AM
Subject: 7th Grade Field Trip Cancellation Notice

Dear 7th Grade Parents and Guardians,

Recently, I was asked why the entire 7th Grade is planning to participate in a field trip on December 19 to see a live performance of Miracle on 34th Street at the Stoneham Theatre when the basic theme is objectionable to some members of our McCall Middle School 7th Grade community. After conferring with the 7th Grade Team Leaders and my administrative colleagues across the school system, I have decided to cancel this field trip. While I believe there are valid reasons for participating in such a trip, the objectionable nature of the content overrides these concerns.

The 7th Graders have been notified about this decision in homerooms this morning. Any money students have paid to date has been returned to them by their homeroom teachersIf you have any questions or comments about this decision, please contact me at 781-xxx-xxxx.

Sincerely yours, Evander French, Jr., Principal.

That's right. He said "the basic theme" and the "nature of the content" of Miracle on 34th Street is "objectionable." To whom? Mr. French doesn't say. (Maybe we should ask Buffy and Jody.)
All we know is that the government education system is rescuing our children from the trauma of seeing a little girl teach Santa to blow bubble gum. The folks at McCall Middle should be so proud.
The Boston Herald has the story here.
UPDATE: If you're interested in seeing this "objectionable" performance at Stoneham Theatre, their website is StonehamTheatre.Org.