Book claims candy canes represent Jesus

(WESH) A controversial book has been removed from schools in Volusia County, Florida.

A team of first grade teachers used "The Legend of the Candy Cane" to teach about how children celebrate the holidays.

"White is for Jesus because he's white and red is for Jesus' blood and if you flip the candy cane upside down it makes a J for Jesus," is the passage in the book some DeBary parents were upset over.

Horace Hymes, the father of 7-year-old Erin Hymes, who attends DeBary Elementary School, said he is upset teachers are using religious books in the classroom.

"Should it have been used in the classroom - probably not," said Volusia County School District Spokeswoman Nancy Wait. "It was meant to be used as a resource, not to teach religion."

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