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Oct 12, 2015 1:24 PM

For one school district, Halloween is a no-go, and parents are upset


MILFORD, Conn. - There's the Grinch who stole Christmas - now there's a school district trying to steal Halloween.

School officials in Milford, Conn., decided to ban Halloween parades, Halloween decorations in classrooms and Halloween costumes, according to the Connecticut Post.

A letter sent to parents stated the controversial change "arose out of numerous incidents of children being excluded from activities due to religion, cultural beliefs, etc."

Victoria Johannsen, mother of a third-grader, said she was shocked by the decision. “I think it’s crazy,” she said. “I don’t understand why other avenues weren’t pursued” to accommodate the families who felt excluded.

She is one of more than 1,000 people who have signed a petition at Change.org calling on the schools to restore the parade.

“These are our American customs and traditions and we should not have to give them up because others find them offensive!” the petition, written by Rebecca Lilley, reads. “I’m so tired (of) my kids missing out on some of the things we all got to do as children and are some of the greatest childhood memories I have due to others saying they find it offensive.”

Jim Richetelli, chief operations officer for the Milford Public Schools, said he had “no direct knowledge” of the decisions about Halloween. But he said respecting the diversity of Milford’s student body is always a key concern.

Activities scheduled by the PTA, including a "Trunk or Treat" event, still give kids an opportunity to celebrate Halloween and wear their costumes, he said.


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