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The Rochester Beacon was first to report about the decision made by officials at Council Rock Primary School, a kindergarten through second-grade school that is part of Brighton Central Schools in Rochester, New York.

The school’s concern about “Jingle Bells” was partially linked to a 2017 article written by Kyna Hamill, the director of Boston University’s College of Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum, according to the Beacon. Hamill’s article explored how the song originated, which included its existence as “a product of the minstrel stage in Boston” during the mid-1800s.

Concern also stemmed from possible interpretations of the song’s lyrics that could include slave imagery, according to Allison Rioux, the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at Brighton Central Schools.

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