On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

No Easter eggs in Seattle, instead “spring spheres”

It had to be a rumor. On the Internet, there were reports that Easter eggs are now banned in Seattle schools.

Well, it turns out that a 16-year-old high school student identified only as “Jessica” told a Seattle radio talk-show host of her experience as a volunteer in a third-grade class at a local elementary school, which she chose not to identify.

Jessica told KIRO Radio host Dori Monson that a week before spring break, her private high school’s students commit to a week-long community service project. She decided to volunteer in a third grade class at a nearby public school


“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 told Monson’s radio listeners.

“She was concerned how the teacher might react to the eggs,” reports Stephanie Klein of, a Seattle news site.

“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.'”

However, the kids weren’t fooled.

“All the kids were like ‘Wow, Easter eggs.'” said Jessica. 

“So they knew.”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment f.ellen

    Spring spheres?–I agree. that is pretty lame. they aren’t spheres, maybe she should have just call them decorated eggs. That doesn’t sound particularly offensive. And since they originated as a pagan part of a ritual, maybe that wouldn’t even offend certain Christians. And if the kids have parents that led them to believe they are Easter Eggs, that’s their right too.

  • http://SpringSphere Meredith Shea

    I think this is a belated April Fool’s joke. “Spring Sphere”??!! said 10 times very fast could produce topics much more than the teacher bargained for.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment dramarion

    This is terrible!!! How far is this being “politically correct” going to go before we all get tired of it???? Well, at least the kid weren’t fooled. That says a lot about their parents. Have a great Easter.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Arylos

    the constitution protects the RIGHT of FREEDOM OF RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION
    It clearly states that Congress Shall not pass ANY LAWS respecting the ESTABLISHMENT of a Religion nor shall it pass ANY LAWS RESTRICTING THE FREE WORSHIP THEREOF.

    Every time they take something out of a religion such as the RIGHT TO PRAY anywhere i want, the RIGHT to put the 10 COMMANDMENTS anywhere i want, Prayer out of schools, etc. They are RESTRICTING the FREE WORSHIP THEREOF and are VIOLATING their own constitution.

    THEREFORE Congress, The ACLU and all the Supreme Courts need to be SUED for violating MY RIGHT TO WORSHIP WHENEVER AND WHEREVER I want to worship.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment StormeeATL

    As a Christian liberal (Yes, despite what Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter say, there are plenty of us) I do agree that it is ridiculous when someone wants to change a tradition like “Easter Eggs” because of obvious non-Christian beliefs when in reality (proven by these kids) that term is not “harming” anyone. What I hope not to see is the usual extrapolations now extending to liberals, democrats, people from Seattle, teachers, etc how we are all non-Christian now because of this. I mean, pro life people don’t want to be lumped together as hypocrites because of the handful of sick individuals who shoot abortion clinic doctors, do they?
    A happy and blessed Easter to everyone.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jessie

    Well I think that the teacher needs to be sent back to grammar school to learn shapes. A sphere is round not oval, egg shaped. So trying to be politically correct or not she was wrong. By the way what is politically correct anyway? They are a bunch of liars so how to people put politically and correct together in the same sentence? It’s Easter people, a holiday to celebrate that Christ has risen or an Easter bunny bringing candy and eggs. Which ever belief you choose to believe is your right. Doesn’t mean you have to think anyone else that believes something different is wrong, its just not their belief.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Charles Roland

    Stupid political correctness.
    Most people do not realize the first bible printed in the US was printed by our government. Also church services were held in the capital building. So much for separation of church and state.
    The ACLU is a farce and anti-christian organization. Contrary to our pres. we are a Christian country.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment SueB

    I am a christian, but if someone gave me a dreidel at Hanukkah, I would not want it called a “four sided top”! How silly can you get!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Donna

    I am sooooo tired of all the politically correct/ incorrect hype. This country was founded on Christain morals and beliefs. If it offends any one I am sorry for their attitude. Why? Because Jesus Christ who came to save all of us through HIS bloood offended lots of people by teaching God’s word. Who do you want to believe? and if you are offended by my comments….too bad. Anyone who doesn’t believe in God is FREE to leave and go back to where ever their religious beliefs are the norm but don’t play havoc with my faith and rights in this “ONE NATION UNDER GOD”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Fr. Ian Yorston

    Here is a wonderful example of a teenager talking about faith issues. Though the school system wished to hide or deny Easter, the kids knew better, and now the country knows about this story. You can’t hide Good Friday and you can’t hide Easter, because the world was changed forever.

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