May 20, 2018
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Student’s Santa suit causes stir at Turner school

By Lindsay Tice, Sun Journal

TURNER — Leavitt Area High School let a student attend classes in a Santa suit Thursday, but administrators drew the line at his fake beard.

The student showed up for school in full Santa regalia on the last full day of classes before winter vacation. Superintendent Henry Aliberti Jr. said administrators allowed the boy to stay in costume but required him to remove the beard and mustache because they concealed his face and made him unrecognizable.

“Certainly, given the times that we’re in, we don’t allow kids to wear ski masks or Halloween-type masks or the Lone Ranger masks into school,” Aliberti said.

The situation — and rumors about it — caused a stir at the school. By lunch, students were posting comments on Twitter.

“(W)hy can’t there be a santa omg leavitt overreacts wAAAAY to much,” one student wrote.

Some thought the boy had been told to remove his full suit and they called that unfair. Others thought classmates were making too much of the incident.

“Leavitt people are being soo immature today about a dumb Santa suit,” another student wrote.

Aliberti said students can be prohibited from wearing items that disrupt learning. The Santa suit could have fallen into that category, but administrators opted to let the boy keep it on.

“Actually, I felt the principal was kind of generous in doing that,” Aliberti said.

He said the boy removed the beard when asked.

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