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There was a lot hoopla recently over an elementary school's Thanksgiving tradition:
CLAREMONT - Both sides involved in Tuesday's protest over the Thanksgiving feast at Condit Elementary School claimed to be there for the children.
But with the heavy media attention, the children did not seem to be taking it all too seriously.
Claremont police Lt. Dennis Smith said Tuesday afternoon that children at the school kept running up to the fence, saying, "Put me on TV. Take my picture."
The protest started after parent and UC Riverside instructor Michelle Raheja wrote a letter to the Claremont Unified School District, upset about the holiday feast that has been held for decades.
The feast involves kindergartners at Mountain View and Condit elementary schools dressing up in costumes and taking turns visiting each other's schools.
Raheja took issue with the costumes, which she and other protesters believed to be perpetuating stereotypes about American Indians.
The protesters also objected to the celebration of Thanksgiving because the event glosses over the uglier parts of America's colonization.
Parents who came out in opposition to the protest said they believe Raheja and her supporters are trying to push a "liberal agenda" on the children.
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