When a parent complained in the fall that putting "Silent Night" on a school's holiday program was focusing too much on a single religion, Principal Mark Finch scratched the carol.

LEBANON — When a parent complained in the fall that putting "Silent Night" on a school's holiday program was focusing too much on a single religion, Principal Mark Finch scratched the carol.

But after the Pioneer School pupils finished their concert Tuesday, members of the audience sang it anyway.

Lebanon Schools Superintendent Rob Hess was in the audience and told the Albany Democrat-Herald about 100 of the more than 700 people joined in.

An approving audience member told the paper that applause and cheers followed.

After he made the decision in the fall, the principal said was trying to trying to create what he called "a win-win for everybody" and that nobody had complained about the decision.