School says teacher's Hello Kitty Christmas tree can stay in classroom after all

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.

The tree is back up! My students were as happy as I was. When I walked into first period, they all gave a loud round of...

Posted by Catherine Gordon on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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.

Displaying a Christmas Tree is a longstanding tradition in our country. It should not be condemned, especially in our...

Posted by Congressman Bruce Poliquin on Monday, December 21, 2015


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