On the side of the road on Route 17 in Boone County, you’ll find a baby in a manger…. and a few angels, a shepherd, and some wise men.
Students from Rammage Elementary School in Boone County were not allowed to do the musical nativity at the end of their Christmas Program because a parent complained that it was too religious. So Thursday afternoon, the students decided to take their show on the road — both literally and figuratively — to tell the story of the First Christmas and to share their Christmas message.
“They were so upset that they couldn’t do the show. So they took it upon themselves,” said parent Jeremy Ball.
The students missed their lunch to do the show. Parents signed them out at noon for the hour. A local business donated pizza so the kids could grab a quick, bite-to-eat before heading back to class.
“We had to go get them, sign them out and bring them out here and then sign them back in all so they wouldn’t be marked absent,” Ball added.
We reached out to Rammage Elementary School. Officials told 13 News that the school referred to the Department of Education for guidance. The Department of Education said they provided the school with similar court cases for direction, but did not give the school a definitive yes or no answer.
“We took it upon ourselves to bring the nativity out here,” Ball added. “Christmas is about more than presents and we can’t forget that…. even if we have to be reminded by the kids.”