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O'Reilly Easter comment has some locals hopping mad

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Some of the Easter-themed student artwork is displayed in the halls of Flat Rock Elementary School. (March 22, 2013/FOX Carolina) Some of the Easter-themed student artwork is displayed in the halls of Flat Rock Elementary School. (March 22, 2013/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A comment made by popular TV show host Bill O'Reilly about a school in Anderson County has angered some who work at the school.

During his show on the FOX News Channel, The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly included Flat Rock Elementary School as No. 4 on a list of schools where one is not allowed to use the word "Easter."

"I wanted to cry," said Carolyn Brown, the school's principal, when she was asked how O'Reilly's comment made her feel.

Brown said she was shocked because the school has been decked out in Easter bunnies and eggs to celebrate the upcoming holiday. Even the word "Easter" is used in some of the students' artwork that decorates the halls.

The school showed FOX Carolina's Derek Dellinger a flyer that advertised an upcoming egg hunt. It prominently displayed the word "Easter."

Brown said she believes she knows where the controversy that landed the school on the national stage started - a marquee message that advertised a "community" egg hunt rather than an "Easter" egg hunt.

"The reason being is because we are a rural community, and we wanted to spread it to our whole community, not just our children here and not just our families, but to our children in Starr and Iva and the relatives," Brown said. "We wanted it to be a fun Easter egg hunt for everyone."

Anderson County School District 3 Superintendent Mason Gary said the event, which was held last weekend, was even organized by a church. He said a simple call would have kept the school off O'Reilly's list of anti-Easter schools.

"Nobody verified whether this information was correct or not, which should've happened," Gary said.

Gary said the district received more than 50 emails and numerous calls from people who were upset with the school. He said only two of the calls were from people who lived in the area.

So far, O'Reilly's public relations team has not responded to Dellinger's request for comment on the story.

Brown said she wanted to wish everyone a happy Easter.

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