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A baker’s dozen third and fourth grade students are responsible for changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day at Potsdam Central. Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, Indigenous Peoples’ Day will appear on the district calendar instead of Columbus Day.

Do you support changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

71.7% -- No

25.5% -- Yes

2.8%-- Unsure

Total responses: 654

Comments: 252

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If it was alright to change Decoration Day to Memorial Day, then this is alright too. Columbus never set foot in America to begin with. That was spin, so let the children have their say.

12/9/2019 12:01 PM

It's history…who has the right to change that

12/9/2019 11:58 AM

leave history alone

12/9/2019 11:51 AM

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More steady leftist 'pc' erosion of the otherwise bonding community elements of history, customs, ideas, culture and institutions which has always held us together. Watch out America......the slippery slope is caving. 'Ol granny doesn't like it anymore than I do. And since when did children start dictating the rules in school over their tax-paying parents and neighbor's? Shame on you BOE. Of course this all draws us into the next holiday of concern......that one with the overweight white guy in a sleazy red velvet suit who likes peeping on our kids all year round and then having them perch on his lap for jollies. No I'm not talking about Jeffrey Epstein, Bill Clinton or Prince Andrew, but 'ol St. Nick. That dude who comes around once a year just like my dysfunctional hobo father does and who holds up in a remote and far off fairy land where he enslaves little people in his OSHA void sweatshops. Yikes! And then there is all the polluting emissions these "factories" are putting out. No wonder the polar ice cap is melting! "Run, run Rudolph" is right! Time for Nick to go in my opinion! And don't even get me started on those other deplorable..........the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy. It's all enough to make a person want to jump off the edge of our flat 'pc' Earth.

12/9/2019 3:21 AM

Yes, despite this is incredibly biased question.

12/9/2019 3:03 AM

why honor a murderer when tribute should be paid to the victims

12/9/2019 1:32 AM

Who changed the history book?Really!

12/8/2019 11:49 PM

Words matter. In this case, they reflect the moral awakening of some of our community's youngest members. More power to them!

12/8/2019 9:12 PM

Ridiculous. There parents put them up to this .they didn’t think of it on there own. Leave history alone .lm glad my kids don’t go to Potsdam school.history is history leave it alone. I want my grandkids to learn the real history not your opinions.sorry but enough is enough leave it alone.

12/8/2019 5:22 PM

Absolutely NOT People are trying to erase history or change it into what they want it to be. People change things because they say they have a right to their own opinions. That is correct. But what about the rights of those of us who don't want it changed. If you want an indigenous peoples day, come up with a different day and leave history and the rights of others alone..

12/8/2019 5:08 PM

Maybe someone should have suggested the day be renamed in remembrance of Saul Alinsky, who's ideas and methods are more in line with their current agenda. Their external antagonist of the moment is Trump, but they will find another in short order once he departs. The bottom line is that they want society to adopt a guilt and shame mentality, politically giving themselves greater access to the "cookie jar" in order to further their academic careers and increase their wealth. Becoming facilitators, apologists, and professional grant writers for various concerns, they take "from those according to their ability" and give "to those according to their need". Hmmm....

12/8/2019 4:08 PM

Why not Native's Day? Calling it that tongue twister of a word that can be mistaken for indignant, or worse indigent is puzzling. Keep it simple. Happy Native Day!

12/8/2019 2:22 PM

I really wouldn't be offended either. I don't see this as even a worthy issue to take up. But these are the times we live in.

12/8/2019 1:03 PM

It’s time the country recognizes the truth how this country was settled. Columbus was a man of his time, he enslaved a race of people for his economic gain. He never discovered anything.

12/8/2019 12:34 PM


12/8/2019 12:00 PM

Frig No !

12/8/2019 3:47 AM

I commend these thoughtful young students for taking a stand on this important topic.

12/8/2019 2:44 AM

I am distressed by the brainwashing of these children. What was presented to them was a lopsided half truth. And how is it that not one board member voted against it??? (Not to mention that it is still a Federal holiday).

12/8/2019 12:06 AM

leave things alone-

12/8/2019 12:06 AM

I agree. Columbus was a mean man. He did bad things and I think the kids are right!!! Change it. You go kids!!! I am behind you 1000000% percent! Well done! We should have done this years ago!

12/7/2019 11:28 PM

History is history, warts and all. Perspective is vital. More political correct garbage. Stop brain washing our youth

12/7/2019 6:30 PM

No, give me a break, these toddlers have no idea what history even means ,because they are not old enough to even spell HISTORY. Looks like another Potsdam liberal school teacher/ Educator who thinks they are smarter than .the past historians for hundreds of years. Lol. Potsdam’s college finest... GO liberal Dumacrats!

12/7/2019 5:37 PM

In history many people who have done great deeds have also had a side of them that was possibly dark .... Liberals seem to think that one bad deed should erase a persons good they have done ... Liberals would have us rewrite history to their liking ... LEAVE HISTORY ALONE ... feeding children with liberal mush is our biggest problem with the young today !!!!!

12/7/2019 5:26 PM

How pathetic! Just because a few idiots got their panties in a knot, everyone has to bow down to them and change everything.

12/7/2019 3:11 PM

I am getting tired of the PC culture and the crap that goes with it.

12/7/2019 2:39 PM

The School Board Should Have Fired The Teacher!

12/7/2019 1:35 PM

Just because you don't like history does not give you the right to change it. That's the way of things now, a minority can over rule a majority! Shame on Potsdam's leadership!

12/7/2019 12:31 PM

As an adult I was in the library when she read the story and brainwashed and manipulated those very young minds into throwing Christopher Columbus under the bus. When she asked for their vote I feared for the child that would vote against her belief.All children raised their hand as she wanted them to do and after the vote she applauded their wise choice.Obviously she was not done with her manipulation of these very young minds as I was to read as part of her own agenda she marches these young minds in front of a school board of adults. They immediately rubber stamp this as Indigenous Day and poor Christopher is now past history and will be forgotten by Potsdam students. No input from the community, parents, or otherwise people with fully developed brains. One would expect nothing less from a government run school propelled by a strong NYS Teachers Union. Makes me wonder what teachers do during the eight school days they set aside for "Staff Development" days. But wait! There must be something that needs to be updated and politically corrected about Thanksgiving and Christmas. One can only wait in anticipation of the revised edition of our great country's history. Goodbye Columbus it was great learning about your bravery and hardships while discovering America.

12/7/2019 10:26 AM

Our children are being brainwashed. Good or bad, our history is our history! Learn it and learn from it.

12/7/2019 12:42 AM

Another classic example of the leftist agenda drilling propaganda into the heads of our children.

12/7/2019 12:39 AM

Stop sending your kids to be fed propaganda and to learn liberal indoctrination and nothing of use in real life and still have to worry about being shot up. If you can't afford private or charter schools I suggest online K-12 education. Seriously people we know school teaches us wrong and very biased information and is super inefficient! Why do you continue the stupidity and insanity of expecting your kids to get a good education in any public government ran school?

12/6/2019 11:41 PM

These kids are a lot smarter than carpet bagger Stephan

12/6/2019 10:23 PM

Columbus ruined indigenous populations.

12/6/2019 9:32 PM

That is the most ridiculous thing I have seen. Making changes to history by using a book of fiction. That is one of the reasons teachers and school boards are held in such low esteem.

12/6/2019 8:27 PM

A baker's dozen? How is that relevant?

12/6/2019 7:21 PM

Stop re writing history to fit a liberal narrative

12/6/2019 7:18 PM

Read the accounts of Bartolomé de las Casas who was there with Columbus.They are haunting.

12/6/2019 6:46 PM

Then other holidays may end up changed, no good, all children should be educated alot more about what each holiday stands for!

12/6/2019 6:12 PM

What is this country coming to? The teachers, board members, and administrators should be shipped to California where most of the left wing liberal weirdos are located. A good history teacher would tell students that slavery was recognized during this time period and let them know that slavery is terrible and that over the years, our country has learned from its mistakes to make it a better place. The holy bible references slavery in verses and legitimizes it. Should we now change the name from the holy bible to the bible? Tax payers want history teachers to teach history not to change it. Shame on the PCS district.

12/6/2019 5:55 PM

What's next?

12/6/2019 5:24 PM


12/6/2019 5:08 PM

...and involving 8 and 9 year old elementary students in politics is just continued use of indoctrination in our school systems from degenerates.

12/6/2019 4:10 PM

If that's what the indigenous people want. It should be up to them to decide.

12/6/2019 4:01 PM

Everyone born here is indigenous. We need to stop changing history.

12/6/2019 3:58 PM

The kids came up with this on their own? Sure....lots of “virtuous” people in Potsdam and Canton, aren’t there?

12/6/2019 3:50 PM

Columbus was a thief representing thieves; we shouldn't be honoring him with a holiday.

12/6/2019 3:17 PM

People are taking all this stuff way to far, things were done to honor a person for the contributions they made to the country.

12/6/2019 3:11 PM

NO , soon there will be no history left to speak of , history is history , changing the names of things and days only makes some particular people happy , soon there will be no history left to teach to our children at this rate .

12/6/2019 2:30 PM

If they want an Indigenous People's Day, make one but do not try to change history in ignoring Columbus, as an explorer. A teacher has overstepped the teacher rights in the classroom.

12/6/2019 2:15 PM

Really nice seeing PC teachers pushing their beliefs on 10 year old children

12/6/2019 1:48 PM

It’s not about Columbus, it’s about the founders of the Americas.

12/6/2019 6:50 AM

liberal democrat teachers telling children that white men are evil and since white men created America, America is evil. This is what your school taxes are paying for.

12/6/2019 6:13 AM

Leave it alone

12/6/2019 12:54 AM

Yes. We have more opportunity to interact with indigenous people than Columbus, and learn about indigenous culture. Columbus took a wrong turn at Albequrki, so to say, and got awarded for it.

12/5/2019 11:12 PM

this country is going in the wrong direction!! Lets keep deleting things from our history, changing the name is like taking down statues of historic people. wether you agree or not with what our history is you cant just erase it, but learn from it. and do better going forward, by changing the name it doesn't do anything but change the name, (and it gives the person responsible a chance to make a name for themselves). sound like your raising more politicians to make up laws just so they can patt them selves on there back for more useless stuff

12/5/2019 5:42 PM

Progressive liberal teachers telling children " what" to think. Home school your children folks, don't allow them to be brainwashed.

12/5/2019 5:31 PM

Christopher Columbus murdered countless amounts of Native American's. This should not even be a federal holiday.

12/5/2019 4:48 PM

Change it because it doesn't celebrate anything positive. Yes a new place was found but it was also exploited and raped of resources and started a genocide of the indigenous population. No one is more abhorrent than those who refuse to accept the blood spilt to create this nation nor the current administration bent on returning to such an era. Either evolve with the rest of the world or step aside and shut your mouth.

12/5/2019 2:59 PM

Why are kids/students in an elementary school affecting a formal, federal holiday? Their teachers, moreover, are no more qualified to make these changes. This is pure political indoctrination and leftist garbage. It's Columbus day and has been for 80 years.

12/5/2019 2:52 PM

I'll bet they won't have a problem taking their long "Columbus Day" weekend off from school next year, though, will they? They can make up what ever they want to call it on "their" calendar, but the name of the holiday that gets them a day off is Columbus Day!

12/5/2019 1:37 PM

This is asinine and NOT the result of "3rd and 4th graders"! This is the result of progressive liberals who continue to brainwash our youth! Absolutely ridiculous!

12/5/2019 1:25 PM

A group of children brain washed by the liberal horde, aka teachers.

12/5/2019 12:32 PM

Bravo & Nia:wen

12/5/2019 12:18 PM

congratulations to the potsdam third and fourth grade students watch out world it seems we have more and more free thinkers refusing to adhere to status quo once again CONGRATULATIONS

12/5/2019 11:52 AM

Did these students came up with this on their own, or were they coached by said teachers. I'm sure we know the answer.

12/5/2019 11:49 AM

About time kids started learning real history in elementary school!

12/5/2019 11:32 AM

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Changing it from one to the other is foolish. Pick another "better" day to celebreate the Idigenous People, and not one tainted by Columbus.

12/5/2019 11:30 AM

why all the interest in changing our holidays? is this a stupid fad? .

12/5/2019 11:20 AM


12/5/2019 10:24 AM

We all ready have Native American Day and the last I knew Columbus was not indigenous to the area. Who comes up with these survey questions?

12/5/2019 10:12 AM

STOP revising history and traditions

12/5/2019 10:01 AM

I understand that the history of Christopher Columbus has not been represented accurately through the years. But, I am also conflicted about changing to Indigenous Peoples' Day because Columbus Day is to celebrate his arrival to the Americas. Not how the Americas were colonized. Looking at what other places do instead of Columbus Day is definitely interesting and I think some states & countries have been ways of celebrating both the finding of the Americas as well as the Indigenous.

12/5/2019 9:11 AM

Why don't you stop doing these ridiculous surveys?

12/5/2019 9:11 AM

Just because we have done something incorrectly for years doesn't make it right. I agree with changing Columbus day to Indigenous Peoples' Day to focus on the people native to this country that we have wronged in so many ways.

12/5/2019 9:04 AM

This is absolutely ridiculous! It's been Columbus Day, for many, many years. PPL NEED TO STOP CHANGING THE WAY THINGS ARE!! get the hell over it.

12/5/2019 8:49 AM

This is dumb

12/5/2019 8:19 AM

Everyone is going crazy. History of our country is just that: HISTORY!

12/5/2019 8:13 AM

Columbus didn't discover America he killed many people would give his ships young girls to do with what they pleased and was a all around moron. glad to see we can stop pretending and start telling real history good on the kids

12/5/2019 7:53 AM

Come on What next ridiculous

12/5/2019 6:06 AM

Looks like the kids know more about history than their parents. Glorifying sociopaths is a poor excuse for education.

12/5/2019 5:01 AM

Call it left handed tap dancers day if you want, will I get the day off with pay. Otherwise leave well enough alone.

12/5/2019 3:39 AM

Before you Trump supporters criticize this change, remember that Columbus was a Hispanic immigrant.

12/4/2019 10:43 PM

the weak let the children decide

12/4/2019 9:39 PM

I don't think we should change but I'd be happy to see another day designated Indigenous Peoples' Day

12/4/2019 9:04 PM

why is everyone trying to change History? T All this stuff has happened and it should be told. Before long there will not be any kind of history You want to know the truth about things that happened in the past and when it comes out people don't like it. Its life people

12/4/2019 8:19 PM

I tired of people trying to change our National Holidays Trying to change our History is shameful, LEAVE THEM ALONE ! !

12/4/2019 7:52 PM

Only a bunch of brain dead libtards would read a book of fiction (that means not true but, in fact, made up) to 3rd and 4th graders and tell them it's "history". Lying to children doesn't change history. You all should be ashamed of yourselves. This is why it is so important to home school your children so they are not brainwashed by these socialists/communists. One other point, Christmas is NOT Santa's birthday. It is the birthday of Jesus Christ. Which is the whole point of Christmas. You don't get to makeup your own history, sorry.

12/4/2019 5:53 PM

Would you celebrate if someone odd-looking showed up at your door, planted a flag, and said he had "discovered" and then CLAIMED your home? That's what we're talking about here. folks!

12/4/2019 4:13 PM

Are we allowing teachers and 3rd and 4th grade students to change our history??? indigenous peopl day??? Should we change CHristmas to evergreen tree day??? These people are crazy and yes towing the leftist line.! Speak up parents save your children now. Elect a new school before they change all history and next the constution as trhey are trying to do in Washington D C. Lets put our trust in GOD to do the right thing. Amen

12/4/2019 3:27 PM

It is always nice to see a full, well-rounded education benefit our youth. It is not so nice to see examples of young minds being led off without consideration of real evidence and reasoned thoughtful dialogue, as we see in this action. That the school board would participate in the charade is even more troubling, were it not evidence of a great ill among us. It was so nice that the real truth stated at the end of the article - that they wouldn't change Christmas because it was santa's birthday! OBVIOUSLY someone should help educate these kids that it was Christ Jesus that was born and who we celebrate - with His name still attached! So sad that little minds aren't being taught the real truth in school, but then there is that separation of Church and State thing, so we probably don't even mention God or the Lord Jesus Christ.

12/4/2019 3:22 PM


12/4/2019 2:55 PM

This is the leftist putting there own twist on history and aligning the future generations for there political agenda. Those 3 teachers should be ashamed of themselves and should be suspended for pushing there own beliefs in a public school.

12/4/2019 2:15 PM

Why change it? Just get rid of the so called holiday. To most people it's just another day off.

12/4/2019 1:42 PM

Sure do, not only was he a D-bag with a stupid hat, the Vikings were here before Columbus anyways. And probably Irish before the Vikings, and probably some paleolithic Europeans before that. The fossil record doesn't lie, but priests, the Bible and Columbus fans do.

12/4/2019 1:32 PM

no absolutely not, wow what is this country coming to. Your going to let there8-9 year olds dictate this American holiday, really

12/4/2019 1:24 PM

These kids have no idea what they are even doing. The influence of adults was probably the push behind their drive.... STOP trying to change history people!!

12/4/2019 1:22 PM

Stupid! When is it going to stop...

12/4/2019 12:50 PM

Should be some great Hot Takes™ from the people who complain the left is too easily offended by everything

12/4/2019 11:33 AM

History has been white-washed for centuries. Respect indigenous inhabitants. Colonizers were the first illegal immigrants.

12/4/2019 10:59 AM

Just another example of the minority dictating to the majority. We have already changed the history books in areas to accomodate the immigrants, but the truth is the truth. The problem with Columbus Day is that Columbus was a slave trader just as our early presidents were. I do not see us downgrading George Washington. Columbus Day is an age old tradition like other holidays as Christmas which there are ones that want that change from Merry Christmas to Happy Holidays. Try to change things in other countries and see how far you get. America is America so lets just leave it at that. If you do not like it here, leave. Another thing, fourth grade students did not come up with this on their own. The parents are using them to get what they want. Stand up instead of using a child to get what you want.

12/4/2019 9:31 AM

Absolutely NO! Who the hell do these people think they are re-writing history and renaming things. I am so sick of these liberals and their plans. Good thing we have TRUMP and will have him for another 4 years. Democrats have clearly shown since before Trump was first elected that they don't care about traditions, holidays or the American people. Enough is enough! Leave our history and traditions alone!

12/4/2019 9:06 AM

It is about time!

12/4/2019 8:57 AM

It should be called "Rightful Owner's Day", the Europeans stole the continent from the defenseless native peoples.

12/4/2019 8:14 AM

As many of us have learned since our 'school days', Columbus was not the first European (read white male) to discover America. So, why continue the myth. After all, we do not celebrate other mythological creatures' day!

12/4/2019 8:01 AM

No, this wasn't these children's idea. The seed was planted by their teacher, or an administrator at their school. You can't undo history. I do realize that historically, the story of Columbus is fraught with inaccuracies, however I'm tired of every aspect of "American" culture being picked apart as politically incorrect. This is a melting pot for better or for worse. We did not commit the sins of our forefathers. Stop pushing the latest fads onto unsuspecting children and acting like it was their idea. I'm tired of worrying about who is going to be offended next, I find it offensive that we all have to walk on eggshells. Why can't we all just be polite to one another and take a breather with the PC BS?

12/4/2019 7:43 AM

Columbus Day should remain on October 12. Select a different day for “indigenous “ .

12/4/2019 7:40 AM

It's just for attention and also liberal indoctrination by their parents and teachers to be politically correct. This is our next generation of fools!

12/4/2019 7:39 AM

Progressives want us only to concentrate on the bad aspects of US history and ignore the positive outcomes of events.

12/4/2019 7:20 AM

students in those grades have no idea what Indigenous means- an outrage

12/4/2019 6:36 AM

Liberal adults and teachers can lead 3rd and 4th graders anywhere.

12/4/2019 6:22 AM

sounds like a lot of coaching by the teacher or the parents

12/4/2019 6:20 AM

People have always known that the Indigenous people were here when Columbus arrived - it's about time it's changed.

12/4/2019 6:19 AM

It’s time people got a real history lesson on Columbus, starting with the fact that he never landed in North America. He was an enslaver and slaughterer of men, driven by greed and responsible for the genocide of an entire race of people. It’s nothing to celebrate.

12/4/2019 4:31 AM

Bernie 2020 suck it trumptards

12/4/2019 12:50 AM

Absolutely not; since when do elementary school students get to make decisions that change our country's history?

12/3/2019 10:54 PM

This is the nonsense we are spending our time and their limited intellect on?

12/3/2019 10:00 PM

I DO, however, support changing the day after Thanksgiving to African American Friday...

12/3/2019 7:10 PM

Columbus never discovered America and yet we have been taught throughout history that he has. I am glad to see the indigenous people get the recognition.

12/3/2019 7:03 PM

Changing the traditions and values of our country are just what the far left socialists salivate over.

12/3/2019 6:27 PM


12/3/2019 6:24 PM

It's about time we corrected our mistake. You can't "discover" a new continent when it's already inhabited by people. This was a sad day for Native Americans.

12/3/2019 5:45 PM

Leave history alone! Wether its good or bad

12/3/2019 5:08 PM

More political correctness run amuck,this happening in Potsdam is no big surprise

12/3/2019 5:02 PM

Columbus should not be celebrated. He was an awful human being.

12/3/2019 4:56 PM

Better to just cancel holiday and study one more day.

12/3/2019 4:28 PM

Learning the REAL history is finally coming out!

12/3/2019 4:16 PM

This is wonderful news. It is no secret that Christopher Columbus did not discover America. The land belonged to the indigenous people, the Native Americans and this holiday should reflect this. History needs to be accurate even in the school system! I wish all of the schools would do this.

12/3/2019 3:52 PM

The Libs are starting them young in Potsdam.

12/3/2019 3:40 PM

It is long overdue! Great to hear!

12/3/2019 3:35 PM

Indigenous Peoples Day is great, just do it apart from our own history, even if it isn't perfect....

12/3/2019 3:01 PM

Do I belive 13, 3rd and 4th graders came up with this idea all by themselves? No. I do however believe that this idea was planted in their minds by liberal teachers. I would like to address all the now all of a sudden Columbus haters. If you don't think he is deserving of celebrating then refuse the holiday pay any perks of the day (like sales) and demand to work that day. Also lobby for a separate day to celebrate "Indigenous People Day". Otherwise you're a bunch of hypocrites. P.S. I do believe that it won't hurt Columbus's feelings if you don't celebrate him.

12/3/2019 2:36 PM

columbus never did step foot on North america

12/3/2019 2:21 PM

Stop trying to change history . Everyone is offended all the time and it wasn't the students it was there idiot parents who told them to complain about it .

12/3/2019 2:15 PM

Wake up people! Quit changing our history, it takes away the moral values of our history and the lessons learned from it. What next Christmas will be changed to Happy Gifting Day

12/3/2019 1:44 PM

Children should been seen not heard Can see the liberals and snowflakes writing all over this

12/3/2019 1:19 PM

Just stupid

12/3/2019 12:57 PM

Was a very different time then

12/3/2019 11:39 AM

This is PC crap at it's finest. Slavery was already here long before the "evil" whiteman.

12/3/2019 11:16 AM

Columbus was at least real, and actually did something of note. Yet, we continue to celebrate the fairy tale of Christ with two holidays per year, and nobody seems to think that's strange, particularly considering a substantial portion of our population does not recognize Christ, or the alleged events associated with him.

12/3/2019 10:38 AM

This is yet another example of a few people changing what most of us would prefer be left just as it is. Furthermore, i do not believe any young child could have come up with that name......indigenous day.......without some adult prompting, so was it really the 3rd and 4th graders wanted this, or was it some parents who decided to give it a try? Who will ever remember this when the holiday arrives? We always remembered columbus day as well as the three ships which carried them all to this new world. History is literally being washed away.

12/3/2019 10:25 AM

I do. When considering the rape, murder, spread of disease, and stolen lands that were done in the name of and resulted from Christopher Columbus' "discovery" of the New World, it is an important and long overdue modification to the holiday. Indigenous people--all over the world, not just in the Western Hemisphere--have taken the abuse of invading countries for centuries. It is fitting that they are the ones honored on this day, instead of recognizing a man who killed them and claimed their ancestral lands. It makes one wonder who the word "savages" should really be applied to.

12/3/2019 10:05 AM

I've seen this discussed on Facebook by a ton of ignorant people who find the acknowledgement of facts to be an attack on them, their way of life, and their country. The fact of the matter is that Columbus didn't find America, he never set foot in America. Instead he found the Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Vikings were the first to "discover" America. However there were already indigenous people here at the time. So if Columbus never found America, why celebrate him in an American holiday? Changing the holiday in light of facts is not the end of the world or the country.

12/3/2019 10:00 AM

First: 13 pre-pubescent children get the Board to make a change to Federal law within the school District? So, now in Potsdam the students run the place? Second: the book that started them all quoting statistics, etc. about Columbus is JUVENILE FICTION (look it up). Is this truly what the future of America is coming to? That a single writer can write a piece of fiction and have children doing the work of Congress? I thought that was what Congress did!

12/3/2019 9:52 AM

I wonder how much prompting the students had from their teacher...

12/3/2019 9:46 AM

Always supported increased school taxes and fund raisers, NOT ANYMORE!

12/3/2019 9:46 AM

Changing a holiday name does not change history! Young people are only being taught the negative side of history and this is wrong.

12/3/2019 9:41 AM

Why not have both, on separate days??

12/3/2019 9:32 AM

People really need to leave things alone.... they have too much time on their hands they really need to find a job!

12/3/2019 9:21 AM

Columbus' "discovery" of America is the worst thing that ever happened to indigenous people.

12/3/2019 8:46 AM

Why change? Would we next want Thanksgiving or Christmas day changed?

12/3/2019 8:25 AM

Do you really think it was the 3rd & 4th grades are responsible for the change ? I don't and many of you don't,,, This change was from many of the Liberal teachers and parents,,

12/3/2019 7:56 AM

It makes me sad when people continuously feel the need to change our history. It’s our history. Leave. It. Alone. !!!!

12/3/2019 7:20 AM

More brainwashing of the youth by our education system. Lets revise history to accommodate all special interest groups..

12/3/2019 7:18 AM

if they want to change it than lets do completly away with it. no more . four day vacation.and sense werdoing away with hollidays that aren't bassed on real facts , lets do away with the christmas vacations and the easter vacations. now these idiot teachers will have to actually work for a liveing. while were at it let's just have a two week break in july and than right back to school.SEE WHAT YOUR DOING.first you did away with the bible in school and school prayer , than you forced our children to beleave gays are normal people and must be accepted as such , which is pure BS.,STOP WITH YOUR LIBRAL BS OR GET TO HELL OUT OF NORTHERN NY.YOU SHOULD BE FIRED.

12/3/2019 7:11 AM

wow first Trump now this , make America great

12/3/2019 7:03 AM

Nothing like rewriting history! Columbus Day celebrates Columbus discovering America. Sounds like this teacher is pushing his/her own agenda on unsuspecting children. What history will he/she try to rewrite next? Christmas-Farm Animal Day, 4th of July- British People Day Teacher should be fired. Glad my children don't attend this school!

12/3/2019 6:55 AM

Add a snowflake day for them if needed - don’t change holiday for a letter written by someone ,that’s not history!

12/3/2019 6:06 AM

Third and Fourth grade students did this all on their own ? LOL Right !! More proof that schools are indoctrination centers for the Left. TRUMP 2020 !!

12/3/2019 5:20 AM

Stupidest thing I have ever heard of!

12/3/2019 4:59 AM

Absolutely not! Columbus Day is a national holiday in many countries of the Americas and elsewhere which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. Columbus Day is 1 of 10 federal holidays recognized nationwide by the United States Government and has been a federal holiday since 1937. History is history, If some want to celebrate Indigenous People's Day, let them select a different day.

12/3/2019 3:50 AM

Absolutely not. In the first place, most third and fourth graders would never be thinking about the type social issues they cited as causal to spearhead this entire issue unless prompted by some left wing (“wing nut”) intentioned to destroy our HISTORY and subvert our youth! It’s really sad to see our schools not only NOT teaching our students their real AMERICAN history but using these students to promote their (parents & left wing SOCIALIST promoters) SOCIALIST AGENDAS! It just sickens me to see our society being cannibalized and our HISTORY being rewritten in an effort to accomplish the LEFT’s SOCIAL AGENDA! “Little 3rd & 4th grader Johnny and/or Susie normally would not even be thinking about this socialistic crap if it were not for these sicko adults and their twisted idiolagy! Using our unsuspecting and innocent youth to accomplish the LEFT’s twisted SOCIAL agenda IS NOT CUTE NOR IS IT ACCEPTABLE. Leave the children alone, and leave our history alone. Parents should consider a run on the School Bd of Directors and have the moronic “activist” teacher removed from the classroom over this! You socialist idiots won’t be happy until you have us all under the thumb of some wealthy elitist intent on ruling this country, and then the world, WHICH IS THEIR GOAL; and by then, we will be another Venezuela marching to the tune of a dictator! jhd

12/3/2019 12:25 AM

I think we are living in a very sad time when 3rd and 4th graders are running our schools.

12/3/2019 12:09 AM

Why not change all history to please everyone????? Therefore make history a joke to twist to ones liking .That should make the brains happy.

12/2/2019 11:07 PM

Change it, piss off a clueless republican.

12/2/2019 11:01 PM

Trouble making little kids need a good spanking!

12/2/2019 10:41 PM

History is history leave it alone!

12/2/2019 10:37 PM

Can we not always look at history as a we screwed up moment and as always seen and recognized for the negative . Why must we announce the bad stuff and always twist history into a partisan fairy tale. When we improve as a Country we realize we needed those negative events to change us for the better but we need not be pained with thoughts of bad and suffering. This goes to show that no matter how much good we do as a modern society and no matter how much we improve and how good we treat each other that doesnt matter You will never make A Liberal or anyone demonRat happy. They must always butch, moan, and groan. They are all now radical leftwing extremists turned mainstream. You can give in to them once and not only will they regret and hate the always wrong decision implemented so they elect their own negative demise then when they ruin where they live they move to a conservative state and cities and out elect the same rotten demRats and ruin the conservative state turning it blue like shot makes about as much sense as the term "wealthy Democrats " but also

12/2/2019 10:02 PM

stop it wtf

12/2/2019 10:02 PM

Why can't we have a separate day for honoring Indigenous Peoples Day. Columbus day should stay the same because it is in our history. Too many things are changing in our country like taking down statues. I believe it is part of our history whether we agree or not.

12/2/2019 9:55 PM

They were brainwashed by their "woke" parents and so-called edjumacaters!

12/2/2019 9:46 PM

Let History remain History!!!! I think the school board has bigger fish to fry then changing the names of school holidays.What's next taking the word Christ out of Christmas ??????? PLEASE !!!!!

12/2/2019 8:26 PM

I was in the library when the librarian worded the question to the children to vote on this. She had previously talked to them about what a

12/2/2019 8:00 PM

Absolutely not! Why can't people leave things alone? The Monday holiday bill was unnecessary, and now changing names of holidays. They have been O.K. for years leave them alone. Next they will want to change July 4th, or Christmas, or New Years. They already started on Christmas (happy holidays) I say B.S. to all of it!

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12/2/2019 7:03 PM

Terrible that these children are being taught at such an early age to hate their country.

12/2/2019 6:57 PM

Brainwashing children should be a crime. Twisting history to suit liberal perspectives is wrong. God help us!

12/2/2019 6:55 PM

Enough already. Christmas will be the next holiday that some people will want to name change.

12/2/2019 6:55 PM

Who changed the History book? The @$#^% government?Who wrote the book they read ?No one had paper, pens or pencils in "1492"!!

12/2/2019 6:40 PM

This so called "teacher" mrs. Murphy, should be fired for pushing false and deceptive information to children who are at the age of 8-9 years old. The students are not old enough to understand what the Pilgrims did to survive the new world. People are trying to change, rewrite and outright erase our history! This is wrong! Certain people and organizations are trying to outright destroy the great United States of America and will stop at nothing in doing so! They must be stopped! They are destroying our children's minds! Please listen to the hatred that is being spewed towards the Greatest Country in the World, The United States of America!

12/2/2019 6:37 PM

about time someone got it right and gave credit to the true first americans congratulations to the students

12/2/2019 6:06 PM

NO, HELL NO, NEVER AN "indigenous Peoples Day," ever.

12/2/2019 5:34 PM

What next ?

12/2/2019 5:16 PM

This is ridiculous. It was fine for many years.

12/2/2019 5:11 PM

Give them another day.

12/2/2019 5:04 PM

They get free

12/2/2019 4:59 PM


12/2/2019 4:56 PM

Leave things alone.

12/2/2019 4:41 PM

Students in third and fourth grade have a limited amount of knowledge.

12/2/2019 4:31 PM

NO = NO = NO = NO

12/2/2019 4:16 PM

Enough, leave it alone.

12/2/2019 4:13 PM

First off Columbus didn't really discover anything, people were already living in the Americas and second he wasn't even the first European to come to the America's the Vikings came around 500 years earlier. On top of that he enslaved thousands of indigenous people and introduced virus's that killed thousands.

12/2/2019 4:03 PM

Only if it's proven that Jeffery Epstein didn't kill himself.

12/2/2019 3:57 PM

First People Day is better.

12/2/2019 3:41 PM

ELISE - 2020 The St. Lawrence County Democratic Committee is a joke. Doesn't matter what she says or does, it's wrong.

12/2/2019 3:15 PM

OMG. Really!! Why can't people leave the Holidays as they are. This is getting ridiculous.

12/2/2019 3:04 PM

I'm sure the kids have no knowledge what it all means . Pushed by a few cupcake parents probably .

12/2/2019 3:04 PM

Absolutely not

12/2/2019 2:57 PM

So PCS is letting a handful of kids, who apparently think Christmas is Santa's birthday, and who read one book with a bias make school-wide policy? Genius! I assume when they have to read "How not to die", then all meat will be eliminated from the school lunch program. Well done School Board, Well done! You changed the world!

12/2/2019 2:56 PM

YES! It is never too late to redress a wrong and it is never too early to begin a life of social activism and justice. Kudos to these young people!

12/2/2019 2:51 PM

Stop trying to change History

12/2/2019 2:46 PM

PC garbage. Lets just cancel Columbus Day altogether. In fact, lets cancel all holidays since some group is bound to be offended by all of them. Instead of holidays, we can all roll around in self pity and loathing while gnashing our teeth and smearing ashes on our faces. Maybe then everyone will be equally miserable, and that seems to be the aim of most of the perpetually indignant snow flakes out there.

12/2/2019 2:14 PM

No objection to having an Indigenous People’s Day, but don’t feel we should take Columbus Day away from people who celebrate it.

12/2/2019 1:41 PM

indoctination to libtard pc culture, just wait till these little communists are old enough to really start screwing up the country

12/2/2019 1:31 PM

Disgraceful and shameless misuse of children

12/2/2019 1:29 PM

Who do you think put these school children up to this? More reason to support school choice and private take over of our education system

12/2/2019 1:29 PM

It's part of our history, it shouldn't be changed. It's not offensive- it's history.

12/2/2019 1:22 PM

It is called History for a reason. You can't change the past but hopefully we can all learn from it.

12/2/2019 1:13 PM

I am sick of this political correctness liberal propaganda that seems common these days. Since when does the minority rule? If proposing a change in the name of. the day it should be voted upon by the taxpayers. If indigenous day represents the slaughtering of native of Americans then PCS should not acknowege it as a holiday and attend school that day. Last I looked there are 12 cities and 5 counties in the USA named for Christopher Columbus . Also,I played an Indian in a Columbus school skit many years ago. I am now traumatized because of PCS. PCS now stands for - (P)olitical (C)orrect (S)***

12/2/2019 1:11 PM

I am tired of people that want to change the holidays that fit their own cause - pick another day!!!

12/2/2019 1:05 PM

History has shown that Columbus wrought harm to this land. It's not a reason to celebrate.

12/2/2019 12:56 PM

Politically correct parents pushing ideology in the Peoples Republic of Potsdam

12/2/2019 12:52 PM

This goes to show you what is being taught and/or encouraged in public schools. It is irresponsible of administration to condone and allow little kids to determine policy. I do not think we should champion stupidity instead of explaining to children our proud American history. Indigenous Peoples' Day ?? You should be ashamed.

12/2/2019 12:51 PM

We all came from elsewhere. Who was first? No one knows for sure. We are here NOW. That's what's important. We are all 99.9% the same. How about "Humans in Western Hemisphere Day"?

12/2/2019 12:45 PM

Want to change the Constitution also? STUPID!

12/2/2019 12:28 PM

Christ, what’s next !

12/2/2019 12:26 PM

I am pretty positive it was pushed by an adult and a few teachers. I don't agree with changing what has been called Columbus day for many generation's. I think some of our adults need to grow up and steer the kids instead of the other way around. These kids will never grow up because they aren't told no. Here's to the welfare generation! The Democratic party should be proud of the unemployables they are creating. Have you ever looked into the employment of the Democratic leaders.... enough said!!! Unemployed and want us to pay their way.

12/2/2019 12:20 PM

why do people think they need to chnge things leave crap alone!!

12/2/2019 11:58 AM

These days of commemoration serve only as commercial days of religious observation. In other words, they're shopping days or drinking days. Their stated purpose is always lost to the money-grabbing shop-till-you-drop ethic that has become contemporary America.

12/2/2019 11:48 AM

The Liberal/Progressive indoctrination of our children must stop. I support TRADITION.

12/2/2019 11:40 AM

How foolish!! Respect your history. Not all roses and sunshine.

12/2/2019 11:19 AM

Why do white liberals hate their own heritage so much? There is no other group that engages in self-destructive identity politics quite like the modern "educated" liberal.

12/2/2019 11:17 AM

It is a positive thing to add it as an option. Removing Columbus Day merely switches one perspective for another. Both should be offered. If they truly want to show their support for the change, then the students and teacher should attend school on the day, since Indigenous People Day is NOT a Federal Holiday. In addition, to right the wrongs, they should give back the land they live on to whatever tribe is nearest.

12/2/2019 11:07 AM

Oh! I can see the hysterical responses from some of my neighbors now! The clever insertion of an insinuation that this change was pushed by a few “leftie” kids is pure NCTW direction of wrath. To those who are outraged: calm down. Change happens. History is taught in schools and these kids learned something about our society.

12/2/2019 10:44 AM

Leave well enough alone. It's always been Columbus Day. Interesting how we are now letting children make choices. It will still be Columbus Day to the rest of the country!

12/2/2019 10:33 AM

Yes, America was already found. Columbus was created as a fictional folk hero.

12/2/2019 10:32 AM

Stupid name! Sounds like something a communist would say

12/2/2019 10:30 AM

I think the taxpayers the people Who pay the bills should have the Say in any changes!!!!!!

12/2/2019 10:22 AM

They got a lot more signatures than "a baker's dozen". Who writes this crap? Who cares if we don't want to celebrate some rapist phony who didn't discover ANYTHING!! Grow up everybody.

12/2/2019 10:17 AM

Are you kidding me??!! Ridiculous!

12/2/2019 10:16 AM

I am sure the children voted after receiving "instruction" from their teacher.

12/2/2019 10:12 AM

Quit trying to change our history!!!

12/2/2019 10:11 AM

We need to stop erasing history. Let's use Columbus day as a day to teach our children about Columbus, what his original mission was, what he actually did and how that impacted the world at the time in history. Also - let's be honest, this was never a student's idea, it was a teacher's. Let's have our teachers stop forcing their opinions on our children.

12/2/2019 9:30 AM

Parents and BOEs should be more concerned with the declining reading and math scores than such foolishness as this.

12/2/2019 9:26 AM

who is the idiot who is pushing this crap onto these children. get rid of he teacher. more democrat crap.

12/2/2019 9:26 AM

Why should we continue to perpetuate these false history narratives (like Columbus)? I am pleased to see students taking a stand and supporting true history.

12/2/2019 9:26 AM

Like it or not, Columbus is part of history in the Americas.

12/2/2019 9:26 AM

What next will the leftist people want to change in this country? Wake up America!

12/2/2019 9:00 AM

Why would you change history? No offense to Indigenous people, but its Columbus Day.

12/2/2019 8:56 AM

How about we just eliminate this meaningless holiday entirely.

12/2/2019 8:53 AM

Just another example of the liberal socialist commie left comadeering the curricula in OUR schools.Columbus was a tech leader of his time. He did a brave thing and discovered America FOR EUROPEANS and opened up trade and opportunities for generations to come.It is not like it was not going to happen sooner or later. World history is a continuing story of expansion and conquest. Don't you all enjoy your little corner of the world? Thank you Chris.

12/2/2019 8:43 AM

No. We celebrate the day Columbus landed in the New World, not the day the First People arrived. This PC nonsense is being carried way too far. Then again, our Liberal minded school systems do not want to teach American history anymore, so, I guess it really doesn't matter if we recognize any of the holidays. Maybe that is what they want?

12/2/2019 8:39 AM

Merely another example of the liberal indoctrination being pushed upon the children of our public school system. Liberalism truly is a mental disorder

12/2/2019 8:33 AM

what is wrong with today,s teachers promoting such an idea to elementary kids. why don,t they just teach instead of spreading these liberal views.

12/2/2019 8:12 AM

What a joke, has to be the demacrates at work again

12/2/2019 8:02 AM

"Diversity adds to our strength",Columbus told the natives.

12/2/2019 7:59 AM

Absolutely not! Are they going to change MLK day to BLM day too? It's our history and this new wave is systematically destroying and removing it. You want another "special day" such as this indigenous day, pick your own day and leave history alone!

12/2/2019 7:58 AM

What the hell?

12/2/2019 7:54 AM

probably more accurate

12/2/2019 7:53 AM

What is wrong with people .Erasing our History.Then they wonder our country's going to hell in a hand basket..

12/2/2019 7:53 AM

Stupid liberals, next thing you know they’ll want George Washington off the dollar bill. When will it end, Trump 2020.

12/2/2019 7:47 AM

Absolutely not! History is history and should not be changed, especially by the youth of today.

12/2/2019 7:42 AM

This is a no brainer (which makes it perfect for a north country discussion) - Columbus never set foot in the United States. The Vikings and Chinese had all been to North America prior to his slave/conquest ships arrived in Hispaniola. He "discovered" absolutely nothing. Honor the people who were actually living here, not a ridiculous myth. Oh, and: "My taxes are too high, the Safe Act is bad, I like my welfare check but don't believe in socialism, it's okay to execute minorities but save the unborn, yada yada yada..."

12/2/2019 7:39 AM