Cross Removed From Playground in South Charlotte After 1 Mom Felt Ostracized


south charlotte cross removedMecklenburg County just made the decision yesterday to remove a cross from a student-designed replica of a country store at Park Rd. Park.

The playground was unveiled last year as a tribute to teachers and students killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The model general store and chapel was custom-designed by students from Pinewood Elementary School who wanted to create a “little town scene.”

The County decided to take down the cross after a disgruntled mom sent the county a complaint Email, saying that she felt offended by a religious symbol at a public park.

“It made me uncomfortable, I just felt like it was completely inappropriate.” Bonnie Kunkel told the Charlotte Observer in reference to her complaint Email to the county.

Several county commissioners disagreed with the decision to take the cross down. Commissioner James commented that the replica was meant to be a “historically accurate,” depiction of how old-fashioned general stores used to look.

Do you think the cross should have been removed?




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