By Renee Johnson
8 year old Samantha Dawson from San Fransisco, California was suspended from school simply for saying, “Merry Christmas”.
‘They kicked me out of school for saying ‘Merry Christmas’. — It’s not fair!”
San Francisco, CA — The ‘war on Christmas’ continues as a simple well-wishing of ‘Merry Christmas’ has led to big trouble for one third-grade San Francisco girl this week.
Samantha Dawson, an 8-year-old student at Westview Elementary School in San Francisco, CA., was in the school cafeteria Tuesday eating with friends when she was taken to the principal’s office and given a week-long suspension. Her punishment was consequence for saying ‘Merry Christmas’ to her homeroom teacher earlier that day.
Dawson’s teacher, 37-year-old Paul Horner who is an outspoken Atheist, was offended at the students display of Christmas spirit and had staff suspend the young girl for the rest of the week.
“I say ‘Merry Christmas’ to everyone,” the young girl told CBS News. “I didn’t think it would cause so much trouble just for saying a couple little words.”
The girl’s mother, Laura Dawson, 41, was fuming over the issue.
“I’m not happy . . . “
“You don’t traumatize a child who loves to go to school, who wanted to be early every day to school, you don’t make her cry, just for wishing someone Merry Christmas,” she told reporters, holding back tears. “You just don’t do it.”
‘How dare you wish me Merry Christmas!’
Reporters spoke with Mr Horner as he was leaving from school yesterday.
“I warned the children not to bring religion into my classroom,” Horner said. “Maybe Samantha will listen to adults next time.”
At the time of this press release, Westview Elementary School officials declined to comment, though this was posted on the school’s website:
“Once again we had to suspend a student, 3rd grader Samantha Dawson, because she said “Merry Christmas” to her homeroom teacher, who is a proud atheist.”
PLEASE, let’s learn from this horrible act and not let the the holiday spirit be ruined by the few that confuse church and state.
Happy Holidays everyone!!!
“Why did God make atheist teachers? — It’s not fair!”
Pictures and captions added by LC Darkmoon
Update. We have been told that this article is a fake and that different versions of it have been circulating on the internet for years: one in which it is the teacher who is the atheist and gets a pupil suspended for wishing him “Merry Christmas”, and another version in which the roles are reversed and the teacher is suspended for wishing an atheist pupil “Merry Christmas.” Both versions of the story are now available on the Truthseeker website. Though the article can no longer be regarded as kosher, we intend to leave it as published here. Let it be regarded as an amusing satirical spoof. (JSM)