School unnecessarily bans kids from wearing "racist" gingerbread men costumes

It looks like some people are definitely NOT feeling the holiday spirit! Students at a primary school in Sweden have been banned from dressing up as gingerbread men for a Christmas parade--all because their teachers apparently think those costumes could be misconstrued as racist!

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Kids are usually given the option of dressing as either St. Lucia, gnomes, stars or gingerbread men for the parade. But this year, one parent says students were told "people might find a brown gingerbread character offensive." Are you kidding me? That is just ridiculous. Who exactly would find this offensive? Is there a race of gingerbread men somewhere out there that I don't know about?

After facing backlash over the decision, the district school spokesperson quickly clarified that the whole thing was a "misunderstanding" and that the only reason the students weren't allowed to wear the costumes is because "they didn't chose the gingerbread boy song" to sing at the parade. Hmm…sounds to me like someone is backpedaling!

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Meanwhile, some parents insist that there was no mistake and that the school is making excuses to cover their original reasoning about the costumes.

Obviously, I can't say for sure if the whole thing was just a miscommunication or not, but if the parents are telling the truth (which I can't help but think they are…what reason would there be to lie?), then I definitely believe they are right to be angry. I mean, calling a GINGERBREAD costume racist?

I completely understand the need to be PC in schools, but I think this is taking it way too far.  I mean, adult sorority girls are allowed to dress up as Mexican gardeners on college campuses, but little kids who just want to celebrate Christmas can't dress up as gingerbread men? Maybe it's just me, but I think there is something seriously wrong with that equation.

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