UPDATE: After the story went viral, the superintendent has reversed the decision to ban Halloween. According to WTNH, about 24,000 people signed a petition started by a local parent to reinstate Halloween festivities at the school. The school board and superintendent decided that the parades would go on as usual.
The public school system in Milford, Conn., has banned Halloween-related events to avoid offending children who decline to celebrate Halloween.
According to the Connecticut Post, a letter was sent home to parents last week letting them know that the school district’s annual Halloween parades are being called off, due to “numerous incidents of children being excluded from activities due to religion, cultural beliefs, etc.”
Not only is the parade going, but all signs of Halloween are being prohibited. Students won’t be allowed to wear costumes to class, class activities cannot have a Halloween theme, and giving out food is “not an option.”
“Milford Public Schools do have many children from diverse beliefs, cultures and religions,” said Jim Richetelli, chief operations officer for Milford schools, who added that he wasn’t directly involved with the decision to ban Halloween. “The goal is for all children to feel comfortable and definitely not alienated when they come to school.”
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