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Grinchy school district CANCELS Halloween, breaks little kids hearts

Bad news for parents and kids living in Skokie, Illinois: Halloween is cancelled! Well, at least in certain schools.

One of the community's school districts recently announced that from this year on, they are banning the holiday! Now that's just plain mean. I thought the Grinch is only supposed to steal Christmas!



According to the superintendent Quintin Shepherd, "there will be no costumes, no candy bags, no parties." Why? The schooladministration sent out a letter to parents earlier this week, explaining that the decision was made for economic and social reasons. "Many students cannot afford costumes and there is an economic disparity. We also have students that are unable to participate for religious or cultural reasons," the note read. Shepherd also said that attendance drops about 5 percent on Halloween day.

Excuse me, but how is it the kid's fault if their parents don't send them to school? That hardly seems like a fair reason to cancel all holiday-related activities. And while I understand the religious and financial reasoning behind the administrator's decision, I still don't agree with their choice. Parents don't have to buy $60 costumes for their kids, especially when they're young. With a little creativity, they can easily make one at home…and it might actually be a fun project for them to do with their children! Maybe they should just make creating fun, homemade Halloween costumes into a school project?

I also don't believe religious beliefs should play into an school activities (or lack thereof). Parents who don't want their kids to participate simply shouldn't have them dress up and that's all. It's not like anyone is forcing the children to get involved if they don't want to. Plus, at a certain point, schools need to stop being so worried about being politically correct and remember that the holiday is supposed to be fun!

To make matters worse, school officials didn't even consult the parents or the community before making the final call because they knew they'd be upset--talk about sneaky! At the very least, the district should have sought some input from their own members. The fact that they didn't only makes me think they knew they making the wrong decision.

Parents in the area are now trying to fight the ban with a petition. Some have also claimed that they will be keeping their children at home on the day of to have their own celebration. To which I say, good for them! Little kids deserve to have fun and enjoy the holiday--in school or outside of it.




http://articles.mamaslatinas.com/in_the_news/106588/grinchy_school_district_cancels_halloween




"Parents don't have to buy $60 costumes for their kids, especially when they're young.

Parents don't have to buy $60 costumes for their kids, especially when they're young.

Parents don't have to buy $60 costumes for their kids, especially when they're young.

Parents don't have to buy $60 costumes for their kids, especially when they're young." !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I doubt money is the real issue behind this decision. The kids this reason supposedly applies to will probably go Trick or Treating anyway, costume or not.


Added: Oct-16-2012 Occurred On: Oct-3-2012
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  • Economic reasons my ass.

    $5 of fabric and a needle and thread, you can be a ghost or a KKK member in a matter of minutes.

    Purely religious reasons covered up with 'economic reasons'

    Welcome to the PC age where you can't do anything fun in fear of insulting muslims.
    Oh sorry I mean 'other religions'.

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    • @sungam

      More likely zionist christians who try to please their masters in the mid east.

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    • @sungam
      i've never heard a complaint from a muslim or jew about holloween. it is always attacked by the far right chritian fundamentlist though and has been for years.

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  • My Second Grade teacher made an awesome Halloween witch and she didn't even need to dress up.

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  • I have a better idea, just cancel SCHOOL for the day.

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  • I would let my kid dress up and go to school. And I would advise them not to leave when ordered to. And if they were expelled (or better, hauled out by force), the local news cameras would be there to record it. It's what all of these kids should be doing. The little girl with the Romney shirt was the first one I saw standing up for herself, and the racist moron teacher backed down. The boys thrown out for wearing US flags, or the kid with a flag on his bicycle, they should have refused to leave More..

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    • @ST0N3PONY
      my son had, let's just say, his own sense of style. one day the high school called me to come get him as they thought his clothing was inappropriate and a distraction to the other students.
      i showed up, we left and he had the whole rest of the day off.
      screw them and their goofy rules and regs. they often go too far.

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    • @jen8933 I'm all for dress codes actually. When kids are showing up in a coat and tie, their behavior and their perspective is completely changed. It's a simple psychological tool that turns kids in to little professionals. It turns chaos in to a professional disciplined learning environment. My problem is when the rules are applied arbitrarily according to the politics of the school administrators... I had long hair (during the grunge period). It was even pink for a long time (dyed it red and i More..

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  • quick somebody alert bill o'reilly

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  • So the school bans the Halloween event from the school it's self?

    How the fuck is a school going to dictate what's happening outside of school, outside of school hours, on a public holiday, against a traditional American event?

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  • lets kill halloween!!!! it wont cost anything!!!
    lets kill halloween!!!! it wont cost anything!!!
    lets kill halloween!!!! it wont cost anything!!!
    lets kill halloween!!!! it wont cost anything!!!
    lets kill halloween!!!! it wont cost anything!!!
    lets kill halloween!!!! it wont cost anything!!!

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  • i used to take my kids to the thrift store for some weird out of date clothes. it was a lot of fun.

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  • "Take away their traditions and culture, and the country will be ours." - NWO

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  • More politically correct bullshit cowtowing to certain ethnic (Muslim?) sectors of society.

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  • hello, can I have a bunch of disposable crap to use once then throw away for reasons that are unknown to me>?

    Knock yourself out.

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  • no wonder, Skokie has a huge jewish population, possibly the largest in Illinois.

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  • this is not a city ordinance banning children from trick or treating. they are just taking out of the school. i mean honestly WTF is Halloween and WTF does it have to do with school....just like valentines day and all the other bullshit holidays. they have nothing to do with school and education and should be left for home if the parents want to teach their kids about them. all this bullshit in school is making the kids dumber and dumber and every month they got some type of holiday to take More..

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  • I think it has more to do with the school's pockets than their concern for the poor children or those who refrain for religious reasons.
    Why do you think they punish severely anyone who misses even a few days a year?
    Remember that honor student who was arrested for missing school?
    Schools get paid based on the number of students in attendance.
    If students don't attend then they do not get paid.

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  • "That hardly seems like a fair reason to cancel all holiday-related activities"
    sINCE WHEN was holloween a "holiday" LOL

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    • @ILOVEBACON8
      it is for kids. heck it's still my favorite holiday.

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