Yet another elementary school has canceled its annual Halloween costume parade because it's "not inclusive" — and adults who heard about the decision said it smacks of "political correctness."
Image source: WBZ-TV video screenshot
What did the school say?
- The principal of Boyden Elementary School in Walpole, Massachusetts, told parents “…the costume parade is out of our ordinary routine and can be difficult for many students. Also, the parade is not inclusive of all the students and it is our goal each and every day to ensure all student’s individual differences are respected,” WBZ-TV reported.
What will the school do instead?
- The school will have a Halloween party after school hours Friday but will celebrate “Black and Orange” spirit day on Halloween, the station reported.
How did adults react?
- “I think it’s a lot of political correctness,” one Walpole woman told WBZ. “I think it’s a shame because Halloween is the funnest day of the year next to Christmas for children.”
- “We have grandkids going to Boyden school. Wonderful school,” a grandmother of a student added to the station. “Halloween party should happen on Friday 'cause all the kids are excited.”
- “Put a costume on. Parade down the street. Let 'em have their little time,” a Walpole man told WBZ. “Why do you have to turn it into something political?”
- "I think they should go ahead and do it," another man told the station. "It's just a Halloween thing, that's it."
(H/T: The Daily Wire)