A Connecticut school district is banning Halloween in an effort to be inclusive of people who don’t believe in Halloween. But this has never been an issue until Muslims started their invasion of America. With the importation of hundreds of thousands more Muslims by Barack Hussein Obama, expect to see other anti-American policies in an effort to appease Muslim supremacists. School officials tell you the Halloween ban is to prevent students of many different cultures from being offended. Don’t buy it. It’s for Muslims.
[UPDATE] After strong opposition to this policy from parents, the Halloween parade has now been reinstated.
CT Post 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.”
Johannsen said she was shocked by the decision. “I think it’s crazy,” she said. “I don’t understand why other avenues weren’t pursued” to accommodate the families who felt excluded.
Though she respects the desire to respect other people’s beliefs, she said the decision isn’t fair to students who cherish the annual parade, which allows them to show off their Halloween costumes. “I don’t think we’re excluding anybody,” Johannsen said. “I think they’re excluding themselves.”
She and over 350 other parents have signed a petition calling on the school district to restore the fun and allow children to walk in the 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.”
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.”
Both she and Johannsen said a better response to concerns about exclusion would be to find an activity that those who can’t participate in the parade can do while it’s going on. “If anything, they should be asking the people who feel excluded what they like to do, and having a party for them,” Sharpe said.
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.”
He pointed out there will be seasonal activities, including those scheduled by the PTA. Indeed, the letter Johannsen received mentioned a PTA “Trunk or Treat” event where children can wear their costumes. “Those children who want to participate in these events will have the opportunity to do so,” Richetelli said.
Milford’s move isn’t unprecedented. 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 (MUSLIMS) at the expense of their own children’s fun.
Daily Mail A group of pathetic leftist college students are taking a stand against some costumes which, they say, can cause hurt and humiliation to people from minority ethnic groups. Students Teaching Against Racism in Society, an Ohio University student group, have created a poster campaign called ‘We’re a culture, not a costume’ to highlight the racist stereotyping all too common in Halloween party dress. (What ‘race’ is Islam?)