KATY, Texas – Parents in Katy, Texas are questioning why the junior high school calendar features Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah, but neglects to mention Christmas.
The criticism comes after West Junior High School seventh-grader Jordan Wooley told the school board in October that a teacher required students to deny God is real as part of a graded reading assignment. Katy Independent School District Superintendent Alton Frailey initially apologized to Wooley, then called a press conference the next day alleging she’s a liar, prompting several other students to come forward to prove him wrong.
Officials at West Junior High were again accused of discriminating against Christians this week, this time through the school calendar.
“Numerous parents took to Facebook Monday feeling insulted, distrustful, and angry after the school’s web site prominently mentioned Kwanzaa, but had no mention of Christmas,” Covering Katy reports.
The “web site showed Kwanzaa on its homepage under upcoming events, but there was no mention of Christmas. The school’s … calendar also noted Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah, but Christmas was missing there too,” according to the news site.
A screen grab of the school site taken Monday lists “Winter Break” from Dec. 21 through Jan. 4, as well as Jan. 21 as the “First Day of Winter,” but then skips straight to Kwanza, Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.
The school calendar recognizes the same dates for Kwanzaa, and recognizes Hanukkah from Dec. 6 through Dec. 14, as well as other important dates, including the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, basketball, theater and band practices, choir and band concerts, and other events.
Denisse Cantu-Cauffman told Covering Katy the Christmas omission “was a simple oversight and has been corrected already.”
The school website and calendar now lists Christmas day among the December festivities, but parent and district critic Kim Belcher believes the incident is only the latest to highlight the school’s anti-Christian atmosphere.
“The point is why was it left off in the first place,” Belcher said. “The school is displaying a deliberate and consistent intent.”