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Valentine's Day ban touches off wider debate on school celebrations


This Valentine’s Day, not all students will be snacking on heart-shaped cookies, giggling at candy hearts or exchanging carefully scribbled cards.

Principal Scott Masini of St. Paul’s Bruce Vento Elementary School announced to staff that the school is banning celebration of “dominant holidays” — including Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas — to strive for more cultural sensitivity among its heavily nonwhite student body. The announcement wasn’t mailed to parents before it was leaked to social media Wednesday night, touching off the latest debate about what, if any, celebrations kids should be having in their classrooms.


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