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Seattle school cancels “disruptive” Halloween parade to “marginalize color students”

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“Halloween is a very complex topic for schools. Yes, I agree that this event marginalized our colored students, “said Headmaster Stanley Jaskot

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: A Seattle elementary school decided not to hold an annual Halloween Parade this year because it believes the event “marginalizes color students who don’t celebrate the holiday.” Benjamin Franklin Day Elementary School authorities made the decision after five years of discussion, the school district said.

The school informed the parents of the new decision in a newsletter on October 8th. It reads: “As a school with fundamental beliefs about justice for our students and families, we are moving away from our traditional ‘Pumpkin Parade’ event and asking students not to come to school in costumes.”

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The newsletter continued, “Halloween events create a situation where some students must be excluded because of their beliefs, financial status, or life experience. Costume parties often turn into an unpleasant event for many children and distract students and staff from studying. Large events lead to postponements with loud noise levels and crowds. Some students experience overstimulation while others have to deal with complex feelings of exclusion. It’s uncomfortable and annoying for kids, “before adding,” Coupled with SPS ‘unwavering commitment to colored students, especially African American men, the staff are advocating replacing the pumpkin parade with more inclusive and educational opportunities during the school day. “

School principal Stanley Jaskot also confirmed the rejection, saying “Halloween is a very complex subject for schools” when she accepted that this is the reason for the marginalization of the school’s colored students. She added, “Some of our students have in the past opted for an alternative activity in the library while the pumpkin parade was taking place. This was an isolating situation and was not in line with our values ​​of being an inclusive and safe place for all of our students – especially colored students and those who are sensitive to the noise and excitement of the parade. “

But one of the parents didn’t seem happy with the school’s decision. David Malkin, who is an Asian and his 7-year-old son attends Benjamin Franklin Day Elementary School, called it an “exercise in wealthy white vanity that is wokeism.” He told the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH, “I see no way this actually addresses inequalities to the extent that there are inequalities. You know, this seems like an honor on behalf of the director and the staff, who are mostly white. “

Malkin added, “I’m sure they don’t want to hear about any race or ethnicity that doesn’t really want to go in step with them. I hate to see such things slowly being cut away and destroyed or abolished because someone has, you know, a theory in their mind that this is kind of exclusive when it is exactly the opposite. “

In the meantime, several people have also commented on the school’s decision on the Internet. One person tweeted, “Political correctness has gone too far.” The second wrote: “Isn’t it racially insensitive to the people celebrating that the school cancels it? Perhaps the complainants should take this opportunity to show tolerance for the customs of others. “” So ridiculous. My daughter is 20, my son is 18 and many years ago my children’s school changed the ‘Halloween’ stuff to ‘Autumn’ stuff . ‘Christmas’ events to ‘winter’ events. It’s not difficult to modify events to be more inclusive without canceling them all together, “added one user.

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