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Complainant Name:
Ms Sarah James

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Argus (Brighton)

Complaint:

Ms Sarah James, Press Officer at the Brighton Steiner School, complained that an article had inaccurately claimed that the school had banned Santa. Although it had quickly been amended, the complainant was particularly concerned that the report had led to the publication of inaccurate articles elsewhere.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following letter from the complainant:

‘You reported we banned Santa from visiting our Christmas grotto in case his red outfit reminded pupils of Coca Cola. In fact, we had no such ban and it was never discussed at school which has no policy on this matter. The fact we have never had Santa at our Christmas Bazaar for no other reason than we try to offer something a bit different does not amount to a ban.’

Report: 76



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