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Mother-Son Ballgames and Father-Daughter Dances Banned in Cranston, Rhode Island Schools

| by Michael Allen

Mother-son ballgames and father-daughter dances have to come an end in Cranston, Rhode Island public schools, as the family fun has been ruled a violation of state law.

Apparently, a single mom complained to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that she had not been able to attend the student-father dance because she is not a man, reports the Daily Mail.

An attorney for the Cranston, Rhode Island public schools, said that while federal gender discrimination laws exempt these parent-children activities, a Rhode Island law banning gender discrimination does not.

Steven Brown, of the RI ACLU, told WPRO News: "This is 2012 and they [public schools] should not be in the business of fostering blatant gender stereotypes. In 2012 not every girl necessarily wants to grow up and be Cinderella some might actually like to go out on the baseball field and a public school of all places should not be suggesting otherwise."

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Judith Lundsten, Superintendent of Schools, sent a memo out with news of the ban, which outraged many parents: "I acknowledge that many of these events have long traditions and for many parents, these types of gender-based events are not an issue, however, this is a public school system and under no circumstances should we be isolating any student from full participation in school activities and events based on gender. Please be all inclusive when planning your events."