An ungodly row has blown up in England over whether an elementary school should charge parents to watch their sons and daughters perform a Christian play depicting the birth of Jesus.
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Worcester said it is charging a £1 fee because of "tightening budgets and growing numbers".
In a letter to parents written Friday, Head Teacher Louise Bury wrote that there had been "mixed feelings" over the charge but the money would go towards reading and learning resources.
Bury also said she understood the concerns: "I know that for some of you, paying to see your child perform doesn't feel right."
But the head teacher also said she was concerned about some of the reaction from parents.
"I have been extremely concerned about the conduct of some parents towards my staff which in some cases I can only describe as verbal abuse," she said in the letter.