Changes to Christmas Song at TCAPS Elementary School Turns Controversial

A Christmas song became controversial at a Traverse City school after a change of lyrics.  A music teacher at Cherry Knoll Elementary School changed the word “gay” to “bright”, in the song, “Deck the Halls” after children in the class laughed when it came time to say the word.

TCAPS says the teacher didn't tell the Principal before changing the lyrics of the Christmas song, but when the Principal learned of the change, the lyrics were immediately changed back. TCAPS says instructional decisions are made everyday in their classrooms, and the change has been dealt with.

TCAPS tells us they take extra efforts to teach their young students tolerance of all ideas, perspectives and lifestyles.