Oct 13, 2015

School District BANS Halloween to Accommodate Other Beliefs

By on Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Under what circumstances would you think it would be appropriate to ban children from celebrating Halloween in schools?
Milford Public Schools issued letters to parents explaining their decision to no longer recognize Halloween.
In the letter, it explained that the need for the banning “arose out of numerous incidents of children being excluded from activities due to religion, cultural beliefs, etc.”
The school is now branding October 31st “fall themed.”

One parent, Victoria Johannsen, has been particularly outspoken about her disapproval of the school’s move.
“I think it’s crazy,” she says. “I don’t understand why other avenues weren’t pursued.”
“I don’t think we’re excluding anybody,” Johannsen insists. “I think they’re excluding themselves.”
She and hundreds of other parents have signed a petition calling on the school to reinstate the Halloween fun, and allow the kids to walk in the traditional and very popular costume parade.
“These are our American customs and traditions and we should not have to give them up because others find them offensive!” the petition at Change.org reads. “I’m so tired (of) my kids missing out on some of the things we all got to do as children and are some of the greatest childhood memories I have due to others saying they find it offensive.”
Chief Operations officer for Milford schools Jim Richetelli told the local paper that such actions are out of concern for diversity.
“Milford Public Schools do have many children from diverse beliefs, cultures and religions,” he says. “The goal is for all children to feel comfortable and definitely not alienated when they come to school.”
But this isn’t the first school to eliminate certain holidays and activities in an effort to maintain a politically correct environment. EAG News has more.
Last year, News 8 reported Newington, Connecticut elementary schools were canceling traditional Halloween celebrations “due to concerns that they exclude children whose families don’t celebrate the holiday.”
Some parents accused the schools – Anna Reynolds Elementary and Ruth Chaffee Elementary – of bowing to political correctness from a small minority of families at the expense of their own children’s fun.

According to a letter sent to parents, the schools will replace Halloween with “fall- or harvest-themed” celebrations.
Those celebrations may include pumpkins, ghosts, witches, and “Happy Halloween” signs in teacher’s classrooms.
Teachers are permitted to “teach” about the holiday, but the school cannot “celebrate” the holiday.
That would imply an endorsement, according to the news station.
What do you think? Should schools refrain from celebrating Halloween, or are these schools being too politically correct?


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