Santa & Christmas Gifts Banned From Fort Worth Schools

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Santa’s not welcome in Fort Worth ISD Classrooms.  Neither are Christmas presents.

The district says Santa is welcome in the school cafeteria.  And the lobby.  But not in the classroom.

And no Christmas cards or presents, either.

“Santa Claus is welcome to visit our schools,” Interim Superintendent Walter Dansby said in a statement.  “But he cannot visit the classroom while the teacher is teaching.”

One of the district’s lawyers is reportedly concerned that if they allow students to exchange presents, they would also be be required to let them distribute a religious message with the gift.

Many people in Fort Worth are upset at the decision.  On the CBSDFW Facebook page today, Joe Perez wrote, “Sad to see how much freedom we’re losing just to be politically correct.”

Other commenters echoed his feelings.

But some support the move.  Another Facebook commenter said, “This is such a non-issue. If you want your child to have a religious experience, take them to church.”

What do you think?  Sound off in the comments, below!


One Comment

  1. liosa says:

    I think this is a bunch of garbage the way people are behaving ,its all about how the adults feel and not the children. This is not a communist country were children cannot dram and enjoy a little innocent fantasy in believing .

    1. S. Pearson says:

      What a disgrace to the entire community of Fort Worth!! They work so hard to be one of Texas’ greatest cities, and the schools undermine Christmas? The school administration and the elected school board should be embarrassed for their lack of leadership regarding a holiday tradition that teaches generosity and kindness! This type of political correctness will have a negative impact on people wanting to work, live and play in this great city! George Washington, Adams and Jefferson would cry if they really knew about this!!

      1. Isenki says:

        “George Washington, Adams and Jefferson would cry if they really knew about this!!”

        Are… are you being sarcastic? State endorsement of a particular religion is a VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION. A public school cannot hire a Santa Claus any more than they can hire a Hindu priest to read the kids’ fortunes.

  2. Lisa says:

    correction ( Dream)

  3. Gary D. Osborn says:

    It amazes me that the U.S. has gotten to be the world leader that it is with its devotion to Christanity. Our forefathers must be rolling over in their graves. Why such a small minority of agnostics, athieists, and non-christians can thwart the will of the majority is so unjust as to defy explanation. What they find wrong with “thou shalt not kill” or “thou shalt not steal” or “thou shalt not bear false witness,” just is not logical. The inmates are running the asylum.

    1. Chris Moody says:

      Are you serious? Did you read what you wrote. Santa is not a biblical figure, nor is every student a Christian. Why should anyone, christian, buddhist, muslim, be forced to be around celebrations of something they may or may not believe in. School is for learning, not for pandering or prophetizing. Keep god, buddha, allah, santa and whoever out of schools. Allow the children an unbiased, uninfluenced education. Given all of the facts, they can determine what they believe. People like you Gary, i can almost guarantee you over the age of 45, are what is wrong with this country. A fake deity, for who there is no proof of existence, other than a man made book, has no place in today’s society. You sir, are a joke and hopefully, once your generations die off, we can abolish this tool of man and really move forward in society.

      Your local, educated, open minded human

    2. Isenki says:

      Oh yes, it’s so unjust that the majority can’t trample the minority according to its whims. In this country, people have the right to not be Christian, so leave them the hell alone. Anyone with half a brain knows it’s wrong to kill and steal; that has absolutely nothing to do with religion and everything to do with common sense.

  4. laura field says:

    Then no hanaka…no quanza….no allah….no nothing then ppl

    1. Moe Moore says:

      Amen Sister Amen! Oh, but they’ll have some sort of Stupid Quanza celebration or even a recognition of Witches..But God firbid some heathen kids hear a Message of Hope from God’s Word..This world’s gone mad!

  5. rebecca says:

    I agree with laura…

  6. Fed up says:

    It seems anything that in any way reflects a Christian beleif we have to hide it. But we have to be “tolerant ‘ and show respect for all other religious Holidays and/or beliefs. Where is their tolerance? I’ll bet they had Halloween parties and let the kids dress up-but that actually is a pagan holiday making it okay. And they get to pass around valentines in Feb. for SAINT Valentine. I guess it’s just because CHRIST is in the word Christmas. Send the kids to the library if they don’t want to be a part of a celebration. Stop trying to turn our children in little “stepford” robots.

    1. Ken says:

      WE need parents to stand up to this kind of Bull S— NOT TO FORGET THESE OUR OUR SCHOOLS BOUGHT AND PAYED FOR BY US.

  7. Stan Field says:

    Santa in a working classroom probably not. Exchanging gifts banned because the students might pass out a religious message…wrong. The School itself can’t but individuals can which is the basis of the freedom of religion. I don’t care what a lawyer says.

  8. Brian W Price says:

    Inmates running the asylum ? NO. The asylum has been burned to the ground and the inmates are running loose with with the embers of (LIBERAL) insanity.

    1. KEN COPE says:


      1. Moe Moore says:

        Nothing like a bunch of overpaid, underworked Union Employees to mess up a lot of good stuff quickly!

  9. There is No God says:

    I hate to rain on everyone’s parade but Christman in reality is just a pagen holiday. Christ really wasn’t born in December. Christians took it away from the pagans just like they did with Easter. Now it’s just a time to BUY STUFF. So who really cares if Santa or Christmas is celebrated in the schools?

    1. ken says:


      1. Kurtz says:

        Oh please Ken, go back to school. Twice now you’ve misspelled paid and now happier. Obviously you partied too much when you should have studied more.

        Why do the righteous religious have to spoil Christmas for everyone? These kids just want to share Santa’s joy.

  10. VFW American says:

    This will be a 3rd world country before long and all our rights will be trampled by the idiots running things. These idiots are willing to use the money of our country, but wait it is money, IN GOD WE TRUST!!

    GET OUT and VOTE
    VFW American

  11. Lupe Gomez says:

    This is America!!! Love it or leave it!!! I agree with VFW American!!! Leave our traditions alone!!! In God we trust!!!! Iwill vote!!!!
    American and proud of it!!!

    1. Chris Moody says:

      in God you trust. I don’t trust him, nor people that have so little backbone that they need a fake deity to make sure they get the best seat on the airplane. Drop the God stuff, that is so 1950 and believe in yourself and the people around you.

  12. Jamie says:

    America, Land of the free!!! Whatever happened with that? Lately it seems we are not allowed to do anything, everything has rules now. When I was growing up I don’t remember people complaining about Santa Clause, and present exchanged because it “may” be religious…this is getting out of hand and it’s just going to get worse.

    1. Kurtz says:

      This is what’s become of the religious right shoving their agenda down the public’s throat. The USA is not a theocracy!

  13. Jean Meslier says:

    I love the illiterate rants, “school bord,” “payed,” “happyer,” not to mention the bad grammar.

    Yes, I’m sure our forefathers are “rolling over in their graves,” at how the Christians are trying to make this a Christian nation. Something that they worked hard to avoid. As always, they had to pander to the Christians, even though the founders of this great nation, were for the most part, agnostic.

    There is nothing about the Christmas traditions that hasn’t been stolen or copied from pagan religions. The Holy Days around December 25th are simply the celebration of the winter solstice. The Church made it a Christian holiday to try to keep the people from getting drunk in celebration of Saturnalia, (also December 25th). People still get drunk on Christmas. It’s odd that Christians celebrate the birth of Christ by getting drunk, don’t you think?

    Most of you seem un-aware that there are many Christians and Christian Churches that DO NOT celebrate Christmas. They know it’s history and origins.

    The holidays (holy days) never change. Only the names of the gods.

    Islam is almost purely Old Testament religion.. Mohammed was very familiar with the Hebrew Bible, that’s why he copied so much of it.

    It’s funny, in a way. The ultra-conservative religious crowd worship and venerate the ultra-liberal Jesus. If you don’t know that Jesus was a liberal, you don’t know what a liberal is and you don’t read the New Testament.

    His name wasn’t Jesus, anyway. He didn’t found Christianity or any other religion. Paul was the inventor of Christianity. Oh, and Paul never read the Gospels, they hadn’t been written when Paul was alive.

    Jesus forbade public prayer. Paul forbade Christians to insult non-Christians. Christians are happy to do both, as often as possible. Christians don’t know this because they don’t read the Bible, or can’t, I’m not sure which.

    Luke 14:26. So much for Christian family values.

    1. Bret Frohwein says:

      Thank you for saying this.

    2. falconflight says:

      Lady, your conclusion about the intent of the ForeFathers is either cravenly dishonest or youre a typical ChattelCratic Party member Mooing on command. Moo!

  14. CanadianTexan says:

    Yay! No one should “expect” teacher gifts this year! My budget just got a little easier to manage!

  15. parent of three says:

    I don’t know why parents are making such a big deal about this. School is for LEARNING not celebrating holidays. Not everyone is from the same religion and not everyone celebrates holidays. Why should children be sent to the library because they cannot participate in some school activity that involves holidays? I sent my kids to school to learn not to be celebrating holidays. There are other ways to teach children to be generous, caring and joyous.

    1. Trent Gilley says:

      school is also for teaching values and supporting the culture of our society. If our culture does’t fit you then you can move. Truly. Why must the majority submit to the sensitivities of the majority?

  16. M Wall says:

    I’m a great grandmother now but I still remember all the fun I always had at my school’s Christmas party. I think it’s sad that these children will no longer have those memories!

  17. WeArentAllLikeYou says:

    I wonder if all these same people would be pitching a fit if my kid went to school and handed out Satanic gifts in the name of Our Dark Lord…??? My guess is all of a sudden they would have a problem with religious activity happening in the general vicinity of their precious little christian child.

    1. Trent Gilley says:

      not our fault you’re a damn wierdo that got beat up on the playground. You and you’re strange kid can suck it. We don’t play dungeons and dragons nor playcate to those that do

  18. Trent Gilley says:

    What this world news is more instruction on more giving. Not less. This school board and team of attorneys should be removed immediately. I’ll be damned if my nieces and god children are not taught the same lessons we were all taught. This is Fort Worth Texas and we respect our heritage and if you don’t like it the good news is that I-35 runs North. All of this has gone to far.

  19. NiteNurse says:

    There are children who don’t grow up celebrating Christmas. Jevohvah Witness, Jewish, Hindu, and Muslim kids. I went to school with Jevohvah and Hindu kids who were banished to the school library while we had our Christian Christmas party. I thought it was weird and thought something must be wrong with those kids. My mother who grew up Buddist and then became Christian told me that I had to respect their beliefs. So why do we waste the valuable educational time of our schools to have these parties?

  20. Terry Aslin says:

    FWISD, you have got to be kidding me? Coach Dansby needs to listen to his own convictions and the citizens of FWISD, not some pinheaded attorney.

    The Lord will provide an umbrella of protection if districts would get back to the basics of what this country was founded on.

    I graduated from FWISD 30 years ago, made the choice to raise my kids in a small 3A district, Knew Dansby when he was at Rosemont and then Paschal. Take a stand on what’s Right!

  21. its me says:

    Religion is for churches, not schools

    1. Charles Searcy says:

      Religion is for every time you have a chance to talk about God.

  22. Carolee Allison says:

    Who’s brain torm started this?I was always taught that this is a free country and now the kids can’t give Christmas cards because of religion being brought into the schools as they might offend others.Hogwash. We need to stop this and give our country back.I am so angry over this and hurt that we have again given in to some other so called offense to others from other countries who do not share our beliefs.If they don’t like the way we live they need to go back wherever they came from.Belive me iif we were in their co called country we would have to respect their ways.If they want to be in the US so badly then they need to stop their stupidity and do as we do not as they say.Stop immigration now.Close the gates they are destroying our country It makes for a lot of stress among everyone.Please keep our schools and country as we were.

  23. Wicca Witch says:

    I am happy to share my Pagan holiday with the pseudo Christians in this world. Let us all celebrate the winter solstice! We will drink and hold our rituals around our beautifully decorated trees. Merry Winter Solstice to you all!!!

  24. Jenny says:

    This is so unbelievable. So because they are afraid of religious messages, they will keep kids from having holiday fun?

  25. Atheist Lawyer says:

    According to Christian mythology, JESUS is the son of God, right? What’s SANTA got to do with religion? As an atheist, even I see the absolute idiocy in this.

  26. falconflight says:

    Failure by Christians to fight for their God Given Rights as illuminated by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution has brought this nation to the point of being dictated to by mostly Socialist Dems with their openly hostile war against God. That is NOT an extreme viewpoint except in the minds of the Dems and their confederates. Go read the words of the Founders of this nation and the Framers of the Constitution. After you do, I’ll have to hold you back from taking that action they, the Left, so richly deserve.

    1. its me says:

      LOL @ U Are you for real? I don’t give a flip what god you believe in, just keep it to yourself. Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do in the first place? Or are you like one of those preachers on the corner that your particular bible specifically calls hypocrites? I guess when you’re taught to believe the unproven it’s really not much of a stretch to think you’d ignore what the religion you’re so dedicated to actually says. The way your mind works is Dionysus’ own little mystery. Or maybe Vishnu’s?

  27. falconflight says:

    By our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed upon the same equal footing, and are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty.”

    Samuel Chase

  28. Johanna says:

    Even secular humanists should be able to see that the attempt to equalize all cultures eventually eradicates all of them. Our society has very few true public holidays (not to be confused with “days off”) that celebrate anything significant or meaningful, and yet those who take away what traditional institutions remain wonder at the breakup of community, family and national ties. Erasing every bit of culture that involves any kind of message from our kids’ brains will do nothing but empty the souls (in the humanist sense, don’t worry) of our children and destroy the vivacity of the culture.

    I am a Christian, but I’m all for allowing religious celebrations of all types in the classroom. It’s disrespectful to parents, culture, and, yes, even KIDS to assume that the receiving of one little candy cane with a legend attached to it or one dreidl will offend, brainwash, and unhinge free society.

    But these people would rather bankrupt our culture (and all cultures) of any kind of meaningful traditions than run the risk of letting someone be offended, or, God forbid, receive something in the classroom that their PARENTS will have to gently explain to them “we don’t agree with” (if that religion is not adhered to at home.)

    Things like this sadden me so much. The fabric of our society is absolutely being torn apart in the moronic quest for the least common denominator.

  29. Johanna says:

    Perhaps because the multiplication tables don’t teach you to be “generous, caring, and joyous”? There is no separating learning from culture, and no separating culture from holidays. The morality you speak so fondly of comes from a value system and a value system is always steeped with and communicated by tradition.

    Our society is somehow managing to cling to civilization despite the fact that raw empiricism (what I suspect you consider “learning”) can only teach the survival of the fittest. Science cannot give us any reason why one individual should be considered to have any dignity, value, or worth, or why generosity, care, and joy should be employed — unless it’s for the pitifully inadequate reason of survival of the universal species as a whole. (In which case, good luck coming up with a reason why anyone who is disabled should be allowed to live.)

    I don’t care if you’re religious or not – people need to grow up and realize that “learning” when considered as scientific empiricism will NEVER teach our kids most of what they need to know. There has to be some other source, and until there can be an honest debate about what that source should be which reaches real conclusions, school boards will keep making dumb decisions like this one.

  30. Diane White says:

    Fort Worth is not alone. Central Florida follows very close behind. Schools without Christmas for all children! Take heart Moms, no candy, no cupcakes, not anything! No presents – do not worry about saying “thank you” with a small gift to your child’s teacher, it is not allowed! Question? If the holIday season has been erased for children in school, why are the adults in those same schools allowed holiday parties and Secret Santas -? that is JUST WRONG!

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