An American school has reversed a teacher’s decision to remove the word “gay” from the popular Christmas carol Deck the Halls.
A music teacher at the Cherry Knoll Elementary School in Michigan decided to change the words “don we now our gay apparel” to “don we now our bright apparel” because of children’s reactions.
According to reports, children would giggle and disrupt the class when they had to sing the word gay.
When he heard about the substitution, the school’s principal Chris Parker asked the teacher to resume using the original version of the song.
He told television station WPBN that he was disappointed and that the teacher should have handled the issue differently.
“We have an anti-bullying and discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and so going forward, the teacher will be addressing ‘this is how we’re supposed to be reacting,'” he said.
Based on an old Welsh tune, the first English language version of Deck the Halls was published in 1881.
The children will be singing the song in an upcoming school Christmas concert.