How Heartless And Terrible Is This Connecticut School District For Cancelling Halloween!?
Because apparently the administration of the Milford Public School district is, seeing how they’re planning on CANCELLING HALLOWEEN because they’re a bunch of fun-suckers that like ruining the best day of the year for kids enrolled in their elementary schools and they’ve forgotten what it’s like to have a fruitful childhood. Idiots.
The Connecticut Post reports:
Milford parents and other residents are outraged by the school district’s recent decision to ban the popular Halloween parades at the city’s elementary schools, due to fear of excluding children who can’t or won’t participate in the tradition.
Victoria Johannsen, mother of a third-grader at Live Oaks School, said she heard about the decision via a letter last week from the school’s principal. The letter declared there wouldn’t be any Halloween parades at the elementary schools this year — a decision that, according to the letter, “arose out of numerous incidents of children being excluded from activities due to religion, cultural beliefs, etc.”
In addition to canceling the parades, the letter stated the district is forbidding students and staff to wear Halloween costumes during the day, and decreeing that any classroom activities be “fall themed, not Halloween, and food is not an option.”
Ummmmm how many years have elementary-aged children been wearing their Halloween costumes to school in America on Oct. 31st? Oh, a billion? I thought so.
This is literally the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever heard, and I completely understand why Milford parents are outraged. Hell, I’m outraged! Tell me, who gets excluded on Halloween!? Seriously. It’s like the one holiday that everyone can play. Fucking slap a piece of tape on some glasses and you’re a nerd. Or put a sheet over your head and your a ghost. Or wear your favorite athlete’s jersey and you’re Tom Brady. It’s just too easy.
What I really want to know is who are the parents voicing opinions that their kids are going to be excluded from the festivities? Because motherfucking newsflash: your kids are probably being excluded the other 364 days of the year too, and that has nothing to do with not finding an adequate Halloween costume and everything to do with poor parenting.
No parade, no Halloween themed anything, no celebratory food! Unbelievable. If I had a kid, you know damn well they’re going to school on the last day of October clad in whatever costume they want to wear, regardless of this ass-backward asinine policy. Want to send them home or discipline them? Cool, here’s my lawyer’s phone number, and FYI little Joey dressed himself this morning. We operate on a Big Daddy policy when he can wear whatever the fuck he wants because that’s who he is…exclusion my ass.
You don’t think these kids will all collectively feel excluded when they know that there’s kids at EVERY OTHER SCHOOL IN AMERICA wearing Halloween costumes to school on Halloween? Give me a break.
[Johannsen] is one of more than 2,000 [sic] people who have signed a petition at Change.org calling on the schools to restore the parade. The petition, started by Milford resident Rebecca Lilley, calls the cancellation of the parade nothing less than an assault on tradition.
“These are our American customs and traditions and we should not have to give them up because others find them offensive!” the petition 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.”
Those who signed the petition include Milford resident Heather Sharpe, whose children — now 15 and 20 — both participated in the Halloween parades when they were in grade school. “I now have nieces and nephews who won’t be able to experience that,” she said. “Everything has gotten to the point where everything has gotten so P.C. that kids are not allowed to have any fun any more.”
You’re goddamn right I signed that petition, and I hope you do too, because one kid having their Halloween ruined by a bunch of old farts too worried about covering their asses is one kid too many. Same old farts that leave their lights off so they don’t have to spend the money to give out candy to little kids. Heartless fun suckers!
Jim Richetelli, chief operations officer for the Milford Public Schools, said he had “no direct knowledge” of the decisions about Halloween. But he said respecting the diversity of Milford’s student body is always a key concern. “Milford Public Schools do have many children from diverse beliefs, cultures and religions,” Richetelli said. “The goal is for all children to feel comfortable and definitely not alienated when they come to school.”
Fuck that guy too, because he sucks at his job. On Halloween, an elementary school is supposed to operate by celebrating Halloween. End of conversation.
[via The Connecticut Post]