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Teacher allowed to keep Hello Kitty tree

Posted: 11:58 AM, Dec 23, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-23 16:58:38Z

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine high school has reversed its decision to prevent a math teacher from keeping a pink Hello Kitty Christmas tree in her classroom.

Bangor High School officials had said Catherine Gordon had to remove the tree. The superintendent said the tree needed an educational component.

But WABI-TV reports principal Paul Butler said Tuesday that the school is now satisfied the tree highlights the "universal nature of holiday celebration." He says the tree is appropriate for a school setting.

Gordon wrote on her Facebook page earlier that "everything offends everyone all the time" and that it "just sucks the joy out of everything."

 

 

I am very sad… After 30 years of decorating my classroom for the holidays, I was told today by the building principal...

Posted by Catherine Gordon on  Friday, December 18, 2015

 

News of the tree's removal had taken off on social media. Republican congressman Bruce Poliquin said the school went too far in ordering its removal.