Seattle School Allegedly Renames Easter Eggs “Spring Spheres”

A Seattle area school seems to have declared “war” on Easter:

A sophomore at a local private high school thinks an effort to make Easter politically correct is ridiculous.

Jessica, 16, told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson Show that a week before spring break, the students commit to a week-long community service project. She decided to volunteer in a third grade class at a public school, which she would like to remain nameless.

“At the end of the week I had an idea to fill little plastic eggs with treats and jelly beans and other candy, but I was kind of unsure how the teacher would feel about that,” Jessica said.

She was concerned how the teacher might react to the eggs after of a meeting earlier in the week where she learned about “their abstract behavior rules.”

“I went to the teacher to get her approval and she wanted to ask the administration to see if it was okay,” Jessica explained. “She said that I could do it as long as I called this treat ‘spring spheres.’ I couldn’t call them Easter eggs.”

Rather than question the decision, Jessica opted to “roll with it.” But the third graders had other ideas.

“When I took them out of the bag, the teacher said, ‘Oh look, spring spheres’ and all the kids were like ‘Wow, Easter eggs.’ So they knew,” Jessica said.

Now, I’m usually on the secular side of church-state issues but this one (assuming it’s true) strikes me as a ridiculous over-reaction by a teacher afraid of offending someone. Despite their name, there’s nothing about Easter eggs that has anything to do with the Christian holiday Easter. Instead, like Christmas trees and the Easter Bunny, it appears to be one of those pagan traditions that was adopted by early Christians and has been passed down ever since. It’s an entirely secular thing, otherwise we’d be talking about the White House Spring Sphere Roll, which just sounds silly.

H/T: American Thinker

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Comments

  1. Matt Parker says:

    This is just stupid. At least call them Spring Eggs. They’re not even spheres!

  2. Chad S says:

    If a private school can force students to go to mandatory religious services, they can call easter whatever the hell they want to.

  3. Chad S says:

    Also, seems like a thin accusation without the name of the school.

  4. I didn’t say they don’t have the right to do it, I am saying that the are ridiculously silly

  5. mantis says:

    A very poor geometry lesson.

  6. Tommy says:

    Yeah… A PRIVATE School doesn’t FORCE anyone to go to anything. You agree to the rules when you CHOOSE to go there.

    Either way, he wasn’t arguing whether they had the authority, just that it was dumb.

  7. Chad S says:

    I would wait to find out if this story is even true before making an issue whatsoever. Its very curious that they wouldn’t name the school at all and I can’t find any school predenying it. I have a feeling that at the end of the day “jessica” is full of crap.

  8. Trumwill says:

    I think it’s dumb, but within the range of “I don’t care cause nobody’s forced to go there.”

    Also, I think Chad’s skepticism is warranted.

  9. Patrick T. McGuire says:

    …this one (assuming it’s true) strikes me as a ridiculous over-reaction by a teacher afraid of offending someone.

    Someone except Christians who seem to be fair game when it comes to being offended.

  10. mantis says:

    Someone except Christians who seem to be fair game when it comes to being offended.

    They do get offended a lot, don’t they? So sensitive.

  11. Vast Variety says:

    White House Spring Sphere Roll

    Wouldn’t that be called Golf?

  12. george says:

    Shouldn’t they be calling them ‘chocolate ovals’ or the like?

    Its a private school, I don’t see how this can be an issue for anyone.

  13. JKB says:

    I think we should be more concerned with how ignorant this teacher was of basic shapes. Not sure why she had an issue with eggs but ovoids would have at least been an accurate description. How does anyone look at an egg and get sphere?

  14. LeftyLucy says:

    Hey there Peeps (pun intended) this is the silliest thing I have heard since my parents told me a bunny delivers chicken eggs in a basket on a random Sunday each spring.

  15. Dan says:

    …and this is how we end up with misunderstandings and wildly inaccurate hearsay. Please, if you’re going to comment, make sure you understand what you’ve just read.

    All of you who continue to say things like

    “I think it’s dumb, but within the range of ‘I don’t care cause nobody’s forced to go there.'”

    and

    “Its a private school, I don’t see how this can be an issue for anyone,”

    clearly didn’t read the article thoroughly.

    This is a story about a 16 year old private school student, doing community service in a third grade public school classroom. The Easter Eggs were being brought into a public school.

    Please, keep up.

  16. Chad S says:

    Dan, my apologies for not seeing that.

    My skepticism still stands. There’s been absolutely no follow up on this story whatsoever. The school, to the best of my knowledge, hasn’t been named and no one is confirming this meme. I’m throwing the bullshit flag.