School kisses Valentine's Day and other holidays goodbye

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Posted: Feb 03, 2016 12:41 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Students at a Minnesota elementary school won't be exchanging valentines, or celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas or Halloween.

Bruce Vento Elementary in St. Paul is joining other public schools opting out of holiday celebrations, striving to be more culturally sensitive and inclusive.

Principal Scott Masini drew criticism and support after sending a letter to parents last week saying he came to the difficult decision to stop the celebrations "until we can come to a better understanding of how the dominant view will suppress someone else's view."

The school's student body is predominantly Asian and black. English is a second language for more than half of its students, who come from various faith backgrounds.

A district spokeswoman said Wednesday she wasn't aware of new developments and that Masini wasn't available for an interview.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com