• Nebraska school's yearbook reprinted to remove Christian cross from cover

    By: Ann Smajstrla, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


    OMAHA, Neb. - A Nebraska elementary school that drew national attention last Christmas season for banning candy canes has now reprinted its yearbook after the first edition featured a Christian cross on the cover.

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    Fifth graders at Manchester Elementary School in Omaha voted for the yearbook cover design, which featured inspirational words in the shape of a cross over a background of a sky and clouds, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

    It’s unclear who authorized the printing or oversaw the voting. However, an Elkhorn Public Schools spokesperson told the newspaper that school officials didn’t see the cover until a couple of weeks ago. The Parent Teacher Organization and the board of directors ordered the reprint.

    The new yearbook cover still features the sky and clouds, but drops the cross. The new yearbooks were distributed to students Friday, school spokeswoman Kara Perchal said.

    The cover design was one of about 50 designs available from Memory Book Co., a yearbook vendor, according to the World-Herald. The cross cover design is called “Love & Faith,” and the company describes it as a “beautiful cover perfect for parochial schools.”

    Manchester Elementary made headlines in December when then-Principal Jennifer Sinclair banned candy canes from classrooms, saying they were in the shape of a “J” for Jesus, according to a previous Cox Media Group report. Sinclair was placed on leave, and then resigned.

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