Catherine Gordon, a high-school math teacher in Bangor, ME, has been putting up a Hello Kitty Christmas tree in her classroom for 30 years. This year, though, the school's building principal asked her to take it down.
Posted by Catherine Gordon on Thursday, November 5, 2015
She took to Facebook to express her sorrow. "The tree had no religious symbols on it whatsoever," she wrote in a post that went viral. "No crosses or angels--just pink Hello Kitties and my students really enjoyed it and it cheered me up during the day."
What she added next touched a nerve. "I feel that this is definitely a turning point in our society--when everything offends everyone all the time--it just sucks the joy out of everything."
The post was shared a thousand times, and news outlets everywhere began picking up the story.
"This is where we are as a nation – a place where a teacher cannot decorate her classroom with a Hello Kitty-themed Christmas tree." – Todd StarnesPosted by Fox News on Tuesday, December 22, 2015
"This is where we are as a nation – a place where a teacher cannot decorate her classroom with a Hello Kitty-themed Christmas tree." – Todd Starnes
A Maine congressman also weighed in, asking the school district to reconsider. Today it did--and Catherine Gordon took to Facebook again to say that she was going to be allowed to put the tree back up.
"I'm very glad we had the opportunity for an open discussion on this important topic within the school and community," she wrote. "I want to thank everyone for the support and for contributing to the conversation!"