The lad and his brother Callum, 11, go to school at Cluny Primary in Buckie, Banffshire.
The family has no religious affiliation or beliefs so they asked that their children not be forced into taking religion education classes. However, come Christmas time the boy’s mother, Dawn Riddell, was shocked when she heard that Douglas was to remain at home instead of attend his class Christmas party.
The headmaster of the school, Ian Davidson, showed his true colours when asked why Douglas was not allowed to attend the party, saying it was because Douglas had no interest in religion therefore was not allowed to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Ms. Riddell promptly called Moray Council to check on the religious status of said parties, since older son Callum had been allowed to attend his party days before. She was informed that school parties were considered non-religious.
The council got in touch with the school who claims that excluding young Douglas was a “misunderstanding.”
The Daily Mail reports:
“Furious mother Dawn Riddell, 38, said yesterday: “I’ve helped out at the Christmas party before and it’s got absolutely nothing to do with Jesus. Douglas was heartbroken he couldn’t go. It was cruel.”
Santa left behind a present for Douglas but the true meaning of merriment and generosity just wasn’t there. Sad to see adults can be the cruelest kids on the playground.