False Lancaster Story Makes National News
The nation’s eyes are on Pennsylvania.
Unfortunately, it is not for a good reason.
Jewish family in PA leaves home after Fox & Breitbart run stories blaming them for school Xmas play being canceled https://t.co/8oyXldFcYG
— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) December 22, 2016
Centerville Elementary School in Lancaster cancelled their annual production of “A Christmas Carol” due to time constraints. A rumor began to circulate, however, that the play was scrapped because some people had complained about the play’s final line “God Bless Us Everyone”.
Additionally, the Jewish parents of one kid asked for their son to be excused during the performance back in September months before the play was cancelled.
These two occurrences become conflated in the minds of some local residents, including kids at the school who bullied the Jewish child.
Then it got even worse.
When the parents read comments on Breitbart demanding that their names be published, they decided to leave.
“There’s no way we’re going to take a chance after the pizza incident,” they told Heather Stauffer of LancasterOnline, who first broke the story.
Pizza-gate, as it has been dubbed, refers to a false internet conspiracy theory involving Hillary Clinton, John Podesta and all sorts of shady dealings at a Washington D.C. pizzeria.
On December 5th, a man was arrested for firing a rifle in the restaurant as part of his “quest” to uncover this fictitious plot.
Yet that was still not the end of the story. Apparently there were some serious problems with LancasterOnline’s piece.
— ADL (@ADL_National) December 23, 2016