new Jersey – After an uproar at a raucous public meeting over a previous decision to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day, the Board of Education in the New Jersey school district decided to remove all holiday names from the school calendar.
Therefore holidays such as Thanksgiving would not be on the calendar and would simply be called a “day off”. The Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur were also removed from the calendar by this move.
“If we don’t have anything on the calendar, we don’t need to hurt anybody’s feelings or do anything like that,” board member Doreen Roche said.
Board members have taken this step in an effort not to offend anyone who despises himself on days that refer to any person, holiday or ethnic group.
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Board member Ronald Conti said before the vote, “I don’t think it’s really the board’s responsibility to name these holidays. Either remove them or adopt what the federal and state governments are doing.”
more than was reportedly attended by 100 people Randolph Board of Education meeting on Thursday to protest against the board renaming Columbus Day Holiday.
It turned into a lengthy public comment period and discussion by the board before the name was suggested to be removed from the calendar.
After a unanimous vote, the board met with cheers from the crowd.
“What did you do now? What happened now?” a man was heard shouting in audio recording of meeting.
Randolph Township is in Morris County and is about an hour west of New York City.