'It sucks the joy out of everything': School bans 'Hello Kitty' Christmas tree

Catherine Gordon has had a Christmas tree in her classroom at Bangor High School for 30 years. On Friday, the principal sent her an email ordering her to take down her tiny pink tree.

"I cried," she told me in a telephone interview. "It was awful. It was so sad."

Ms. Gordon said she was told her Hello Kitty-themed Christmas tree was a "symbol of one religion over another."

"The tree had no religious symbols on it whatsoever. No crosses or angels, just pink Hello Kitties," she wrote on her Facebook page.

So this is where we are as a nation - a place where a teacher cannot decorate her classroom with a Hello Kitty-themed Christmas tree.

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