In what the Providence Journal (if asked for login, use BugMeNot) describes as “a show of sensitivity,” the nincompoop Superintendent of a Tiverton, Rhode Island Middle School has banned the Easter Bunny.
It’s not that he has anything against rabbits, or even eggs, he’s just worried about the use of the word “Easter.”
The Easter Bunny was to have made a stop at a craft fair at the Tiverton Middle School tomorrow, appearing for photos with students as part of a fundraising effort sponsored by the schoolâ€™s Parent-Teacher Council.
But Schools Supt. William Rearick called a halt to the use of the word â€œEasterâ€ at a school event, just as the word â€œChristmasâ€ is out of bounds in school publications and activities.
Instead of the Easter Bunny, the Parent-Teacher Council booth will offer photos with Peter Rabbit.
Similarly, Rearick said, he has told officials of the Tiverton Land Trust that a flier inviting children to an egg hunt cannot include the word â€œEaster.â€..
Rearick nixed the Easter Bunny in response to a complaint from Burk, vice chairman of the School Committee.
Burk said yesterday that the appearance of an Easter Bunny at a school event would violate federal prohibitions against the public schools â€œsoliciting or encouraging religious activities or participating in such activities.â€
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