friends and supporters of Dedra Shannon, a nurse at Charles E. Patterson Middle School attended a Killeen Independent School District board meeting this week to tell the administration how unhappy they were about this controversial decision.
Veteran C.J. Gresham said “We fought. We’ve died. We’ve bleed. We’ve served for that reason — for free speech.”
Parents are in an uproar and they have canceled the Christmas concert. The nurse hung the decorative poster on the door of the school clinic. It depicted Charlie Brown and Linus and quoted a line from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
Charlie Brown explains to Linus about the meaning of Christmas saying,
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior which is Christ the Lord. That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown,” the poster read.
When the principal saw the poster she immediately ordered the nurse to take the poster down and told her that the Christian meaning could offend some students and that religious messages are inappropriate for a public school.
Parents complained about the incident and many of them spoke at the meeting in support of the nurse.
The nurse held her poster during the meeting and was accompanied by her attorney. The parents demanded that the school put the poster back on the door.
“Just about everyone that you hear from cannot believe that we’ve reached a place in America and in Texas, where a Charlie Brown Christmas poster is being torn down in our public schools,” Saenz said.
Vice President of the school board, Corbett Lawler said he would focus on studying the guidelines that dictate religious messages in schools.
A motion passed 6-to-1 with board members deciding the fate of the Charlie Brown poster. Nurse Shannon will not be permitted to put her poster back up and this decision is final unless the complete study of the guidelines shows otherwise.
“I believe it is discrimination not to allow Christians like myself to put up a display that is simply an expression of the story of Christmas,” the nurse said.