Community Members and Fayetteville School Officials Discuss Christmas Tree Ban

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — Several people voiced their opinions on a ban on Christmas trees within the Fayetteville School District at its scheduled meeting Thursday night. 

The issue was not on the meeting agenda, but after some controversy, the board allowed people to voice thoughts and ask questions. 

The district’s religion policy states teachers cannot decorate classrooms for a specific religion, like Christmas, Hanukkah or another similar tradition to ensure everyone feels included.

Those who spoke at the meeting say they were shocked when they heard about the religion policy, including Lynn Hulette, who said Christmas trees are worth fighting for. 

“Christmas is a national holiday and it’s part of our American culture, and it’s been celebrated since the 1800s at our nation’s capital, and it is a federal holiday,” Hulette said. “It’s a wonderful time.”

The district’s religion policy was passed in 1981, but the removal of Christmas decorations has not been fully enforced until this year.

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