Parents in Newington, Connecticut, say they are upset that Halloween celebrations in two elementary schools have been cancelled due to concern over those who don’t celebrate.
Both Anna Reynolds Elementary School and Ruth Chaffee Elementary School decided to cancel all of their Halloween activities because some students don’t celebrate. Parents in the area say that they’re disappointed by both schools’ decisions to cancel Halloween celebrations.
“I think it’s stupid, it’s not fair for the kids and I mean if some people don’t want to participate, then don’t participate, but they shouldn’t take it away from all the kids,” said Lori Montano, whose eight-year-old daughter won’t be able to wear her witch costume to school. “She’s disappointed, very disappointed because she has been doing it all the way up to this year. Now they are not doing it this year.”
The schools say they plan to replace Halloween celebrations with fall-themed ones, but most parents say that isn’t good enough.
“If a few people are offended because of religion, I completely understand their viewpoint,” said parent Karen Petersen. “To me, it didn't make sense to punish the rest of the students for a few students who don't celebrate the holiday.”
Administrators from both schools say that teachers can still display pumpkins, witches, ghosts, and signs that read, “Happy Halloween,” but they aren’t allowed to have any celebrations in an effort to not exclude any students who can’t celebrate.
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