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Video: Teacher Takes the Word "Gay" Out of ‘Deck the Halls' Song

| by Michael Allen

According to The Chicago Tribune, a music teacher at Cherry Knoll Elementary School in Michigan decided to replace the word “gay” in the popular Christmas carol “Deck the Halls” because students were giggling (video below).

“Don we now our gay apparel” is one line in the song, but the unnamed teacher changed it to “bright apparel."

Principal Chris Parker immediately reversed the decision: "This would have been a great opportunity to teach that ‘gay’ has more than one meaning and is not a bad word."

“We have an anti-bullying and discrimination policy which includes sexual orientation. So going forward, the teach will be addressing, ‘This is how we are supposed to be reacting. This is the way to be respectful about this."

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