The Brooklyn elementary school that removed all references to Christmas, Santa Claus and even barred the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance has changed course, The New York Post reports. 

The switch came Monday morning, the day after the Post first reported on the story.

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“District 15 Superintendent Anita Skop stormed in the front door at 9:50 a.m., and minutes later, two fifth-grade boys were brought to the main office to lead a recital over the public address system of the Pledge of Allegiance,” The Post dramatically recounted.

Along with the Pledge of Allegiance came the return of Santa Claus. 

“I’m ecstatic that Santa can come back. Hopefully, he can make a visit to the kids in our school for our winter celebration on Thursday,” PTA president Mimi Ferrer told the Post

It turns out though that Santa was never banned to begin with.

“DOE officials said on Monday that PS 169 administrators were mistaken in believing that Santa could not be used as a holiday symbol,” The Post explained. “Only depictions of religious figures or texts are banned.”

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