A third grade teacher in Seattle, Wash., has renamed Easter eggs to make them less offensive, according to a student volunteer at her school.
In a phone interview with Seattle's KIRO Radio, 16-year-old Jessica said she was stunned after being told by the teacher to call the plastic Easter eggs she gave to students "spring spheres."
Jessica declined to give her full name or name the school and teacher in question.
"At the end of the week I had an idea to fill little plastic eggs with treats and jelly beans and other candy, but I was kind of unsure how the teacher would feel about that," she recalled.
Listen to Jessica's full interview with KIRO Radio here.
"I went to the teacher to get her approval and she wanted to ask the administration to see if it was okay," Jessica continued. "She said that I could do it as long as I called this treat 'spring spheres.' I couldn't call them Easter eggs."
Jessica did as she was instructed, but said the kids still used the common term Easter egg.
"When I took them out of the bag, the teacher said, 'Oh look, spring spheres,' and all the kids were like, 'Wow, Easter eggs.' So they knew," she said.
District officials for Seattle Schools have not been able to confirm Jessica's claim.
The district's guidelines allow religious holidays to be observed in an "objective instructional way."