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Wausau School Board votes down apology demand over Christmas music flap

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - Wausau school superintendent Kathleen Williams says she has nothing to apologize for -- not now, at least. 

The School Board voted 7-2 Monday night against a demand that Williams apologize for the recent controversy over a plan to have school choruses limit Christmas music in their holiday concerts. 

The idea was scrapped after a high school choral director put his group on hiatus, saying the plan would eliminate his group's 15 Christmas programs to community groups. 

The School Board ordered an investigation into the matter -- and Williams said an apology would prematurely judge her guilty. The superintendent promised to apologize if the investigation blames her in the final analysis.  

Also, Williams told both the School Board and the Wausau Daily Herald she received anonymous harassment and threats after the issue became public last month. She said one woman called her at home, talked about her trees, and asked if Williams would, "look good hanging from one." 

She found it ironic that, "All this ugly e-mail, hoping I'm hurt, all is in the name of Christ." 

Lately, Williams said she has received lots of support -- including a long written apology from a pastor in Georgia who earlier wrote what she called a, "rather hateful e-mail."