Holiday Concert Rally Canceled

Rally canceled.

The pro-Christmas concert rally planned for Friday has been canceled, because of still developing reasons for the concert's rescheduling.

Peggy Doherty, the rally's coordinator stated:

"Thanks is extended to all those who planned on attending and are still encouraged to contact school officials or the superintendent's office for more information."

BH December 13, 2012 at 11:56 PM
So have a community concert, why do religious concerts have to be tied to public schools?
Kitchen Sink TV December 14, 2012 at 01:18 AM
It was never religious, some miserable people just like to ruin things.
ConcordHawk December 14, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Superintendent Brenda Hodges was quoted as saying: “I think our parents could take some lessons from our children sometimes – in being kind and respectful,” she said. Is disagreeing with her decision considered disrespectful I wonder? Therefore this rally may be unkind. The School backed down to a few complaints. Period. They bundled their decision to cancel in with an announcement for an anti bullying initiative. After all, what parent wants to come out and protest an anti bullying program. Very shrewd on the schools part. Never mind the fact they could have a bullying program anytime of the year. Fact is they folded. It is encouraging to see this rally being organized. Even if there is a low turnout this year. It doesn't matter. Keep up the pressure on schools so that they reverse their decisions or think twice about doing it in the future.
Kitchen Sink TV December 14, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Rally has been cancelled due to pressure put upon the organizers.
Dan December 14, 2012 at 02:27 AM
There is so much false information about this. The school rescheduled it back in August. It was NEVER the result of any complaints etc. Nor was it the result of some decision to avoid offending anyone. You know if people got their FACTS straight this wouldn't have become so much drama. People: please get the facts. If the Patch doesn't send out a retraction than protest the Patch for sending our false information.
HJ December 14, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Brenda Hodges should be fired. She's the reason we have high property taxes. She has no clue how to run a school system efficiently.
Mama December 14, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Do tell the facts. Why after all these years where a concert was performed in December is it now being performed in January?
Kitchen Sink TV December 14, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Strange how the School Committee was blindsided by something that was decided in August. And they were. I also thought the schools were closed in August, but hey, that is the prime month to make holiday plans.
Dan December 14, 2012 at 12:31 PM
The FACTS: 1) The concert was moved to January back in August. 2) Letters were sent to parents back then 3) There were never complaints about church and government separation as some people have suggested 4) There were never "6 parents who complained about the event" as some twisted right wing talk show said 5) The chorus concert was always inclusive and was never solely about Christmas 6) Mrs. Vaughn, the former music teacher and had been with schools for years and years, and has been instrumental in these events, retired last year As my daughter said, "why don't these people just ask the kids, since we know more about this?"
Dan December 14, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Can someone please tell Ms. Doherty to please contact the school and get the facts before setting up a rally for a non-issue?
Nineiron December 14, 2012 at 02:38 PM
It was moved for a reason, but we have yet to hear why. My guess is the complaints from a few were from last year. Then they cow-towed to them for this year.
Mama December 14, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Ok Dan, if I understand what you're saying, nobody complained and the concert incorporated different types of music..not just the typical Christmas songs. Also the music teacher retired. So, my last question is WHY (not yelling, just emphasizing) the change in date and type if music. New teacher new format? Time for a change? If you know, please tell me. If not I guess it will be one of those unanswered questions. Thanks and Merry Christmas.
Kitchen Sink TV December 14, 2012 at 02:55 PM
That was the jest of the Patch story.
Patrick Henry December 14, 2012 at 03:06 PM
This is what happens when you continue to vote in Progressive politicians and they implement their agenda in your community. We are losing our freedom because of this Progressive agenda. I would like to know how may of you complaining voted for these politicians. Wake up, people!
Bob M December 14, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Pressure from who? Of what kind? Can you elaborate?
Bob M December 14, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Thanks for posting this. Any chance of getting a scan of this letter uploaded to something like Tumblr? Basically any other links or resources on the stuff you're talking about would be great to have posted here.
Concerned for my soul December 14, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I see it as an attempt to celebrate and revere a mortal man MLK , more than THE LORD JESUS CHRIST Shield your chidren from this indoctrination of the left ,take back your children and you teach them right from wrong or the god of government will step in and do it for you.
ConcordHawk December 14, 2012 at 06:34 PM
To your points Dan: 1) irrelevant to the larger issue 2) irrelevant to the larger issue 3) doubtful and you provide nothing to back this up 4) you could have combined 3 and 4. just saying. whether it was 1 or 6...or 9...the concert may well have been cancelled due to a small contingent of complaining parents. talk radio didn't make that happen. 5) now it is not about Christmas or any Holiday.... it is about bullying and MLK. it is now unrelated to Christmas 6) Did they hire a new teacher? Is the new teacher incapable of coordinating Christmas and Hanukkah sets? With all due respect the kids might not be aware what kind of pressure was put on the School. Even if a letter was sent out in August, it is not very important to the larger point which is, it appears a small minority of complaints has snuffed out a Holiday tradition. Even if were announced 3+ months ago, that doesn't mean people were OK with this. just say you love the idea of the concert being cancelled due to the Religious content in come of the traditional songs. at least people will know where you stand. no need to try and feign neutrality. everyone is entitled to an opinion here Dan.
Mama December 14, 2012 at 06:40 PM
You know, after seeing the reports about 27 people killed in an elementary school in CT, with 18 plus being children..I think this is a ridiculous argument. Hug your kids when they get home.
ConcordHawk December 14, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Honestly, I think your outlook maybe leads parents to complain. People don't want preachy. In your comment, you actually give Left wing and non religious people advice on how to teach their children morals....you realize how silly that sounds. It sounds like the leftists complaining to the school about the concert.... The Children should sing Holiday songs out of tradition regardless of whether or not the lyrics have religious overtones. Adults should be able to handle that whether they are agnostic or atheist. And the religious people can accept the fact that some of these people view the lord as the Easter bunny. And get over it.
Mama December 14, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Maybe the father who shot up these children and staff was upset at something that happened at school..some policy. The principal and psychologist were killed with others. Maybe he was a disturbed individual. I just think we need to think about the feelings of others, the watch the name calling, be tolerant of everybody's differences and maybe the world will be a better place.
Another Mama December 14, 2012 at 08:11 PM
AMEN, Mama!!
bcbc December 21, 2012 at 06:51 AM
I find hilarious how they are (stupid) people in this town who complained about the various songs' religious affiliation. They feel offended, because they were too Christian, Jewish [etc.] the ironic factor is that every song proclaims nothing but the sharing of love and joy with ALL people... Yet those (moronic) people who complained are offended. Why persecute something that is for the common good?! If asked, those who complained would respond how our state must be separated from religion. Well if we are totally secular, wouldn't that mean we are an atheist state-pretty hypocritical. Religious freedom and acceptance doesn't have to mean that the president cannot say "Merry Christmas" on December 25th or that school children cannot sing "Spin the Dreidel" in a school concert. It means that we as a society will accept and respect the singing and the wishing of a merry Christmas in the same way that atheism is respected now. And if singing simple songs truly upsets (moronic) people, then don't go to the concert and take your kid out of it. Nobody is forcing you to do so.


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