Since news hit this week that a Pennsylvania elementary school canceled its long-standing student production of “A Christmas Carol” — reportedly first prompted by parental complaints about the fifth-grade play — the issue has boiled over into a giant mess.
A number of news outlets ran with stories saying a Jewish family “fled” Lancaster County over fears they might be targeted as responsible for the play’s cancellation — but that turned out to be false.
What’s more, some of those outlets blamed conservative news sites for escalating the situation — and a local TV news station reported that the school district changed its original story about the controversy.
Let’s break it all down.
Local TV news station WHTM-TV said it asked a Hempfield School District spokeswoman if parental complaints about the play’s iconic line, “God bless us, everyone,” were behind the decision to dump “A Christmas Carol.”