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Newton (MA) Elementary School Bans Halloween
WBZ-TV 4 Boston ^ | 10/27/05 | WBZ-TV Boston

Posted on 10/27/2005 6:29:41 PM PDT by raccoonradio

NEWTON, MA-- A Halloween controversy is brewing in Newton, where one elementary school has banned all traditional Halloween activities.

The principal of Underwood Elementary School says it has come to the school’s attention that Halloween traditions are offensive to some people’s religious beliefs. Some families, David Castellini said, have even kept their children home from school on Halloween because of this.

A letter went home to parents explaining the changes. But at a school where even the teachers normally dress up for Halloween, not everybody is welcoming the change.

This morning, an hour-long PTO meeting addressed the new policy. While some parents say they understand, others tell us they feel the kids will be missing out.

The school plans to replace the Halloween party with a fall celebration next month, in which students can dress up as their favorite literary characters.

While no costumes will be allowed in school, there are no plans to change traditional trick-or-treating in the city.


TOPICS: Education; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: halloween; halloweenban; massachusetts; newton; pc
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Right, some people in our "tolerant" society get upset so no costumes or candy for the kids. Next thing you know they'll ban Christmas. Oh...wait...

>>in which students can dress up as their favorite literary characters.

Geez I can hardly wait.

1 posted on 10/27/2005 6:29:42 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

But Kwanzaa and Ramadaan are OK....


2 posted on 10/27/2005 6:30:28 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Right,try to cancel THOSE and the ACLU will be there in a New York--er, Newton minute!

Kids dressing up as firemen, princesses, baseball players...
can't have that. No, kids, just wait for the Fall Festival,
then the Winter Festival in late December because we all know we can't say the word C-----MAS.


3 posted on 10/27/2005 6:34:50 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
in which students can dress up as their favorite literary characters.

aka, Harry Potter Day.

4 posted on 10/27/2005 6:34:58 PM PDT by Hexenhammer
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To: raccoonradio



How retarded. Our generation has managed to F up the things we loved best about being a kid for the new generations.


5 posted on 10/27/2005 6:35:22 PM PDT by SouthernFreebird
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To: Hexenhammer
Maybe some will come dressed up as "Barney"...
U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Newton)

6 posted on 10/27/2005 6:43:57 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

They'll ban Valentine's Day because there are some kids who never get a valentine. They'll ban Veteran's Day because it just glorifies the military-industrial complex,
you see. Don't let the kids celebrate Christmas because it's just religion forced down their throats. A few people are upset, so just ban it, ban it, ban it.

Here comes "Holiday"
Here comes "Holiday"
Right down "Holiday" lane

(don't laugh--in many places the "Christmas" or "_Santa_"
parade has since been re-dubbed the HOLIDAY parade.)


7 posted on 10/27/2005 6:51:49 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
Absolutely agree with you. This is sickening.

This nation was founded by Christians who used their beliefs to form the structure and laws of what was then a radical idea of a free society.

Can't have any teaching of that today, can we?

But we certainly can have Kwanzaa (a made-up holiday), allow for teaching of Islam in public schools and give special exemptions for all kinds of odd behavior.

There's a reason my kids are in Catholic school...

8 posted on 10/27/2005 7:04:15 PM PDT by AlaninSA (It's ONE NATION UNDER GOD...brought to you by the Knights of Columbus)
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To: raccoonradio

Oh, for crying out loud! Prissy lib pukes make me sick! Once again, they throw all control directly out the window for the, what, two students who find Halloween offensive? 'Scuse me? I remember the good old days when "majority rules" still defined our government and our society. And just think. NO ONE was afraid to say it. Can you imagine? Sorry, I'm having a full-fledged tantrum. This garbage infuriates me.

Anyone else in the mood to help start turning this insanity around?


9 posted on 10/27/2005 8:53:09 PM PDT by Rightfootforward
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To: raccoonradio
The principal of Underwood Elementary School says it has come to the school’s attention that Halloween traditions are offensive to some people’s religious beliefs.

Muslims.

"Halloween honors Celtic and Roman gods. Islam is strictly monotheistic, and anything having to do with the worship of any other god besides the Most Holy One is out of the question."

A Muslim at Halloween

10 posted on 10/27/2005 11:34:16 PM PDT by cowboyway (My heroes have always been cowboys.)
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To: Rightfootforward
Anyone else in the mood to help start turning this insanity around?

Just don't play by their stupid rules.

11 posted on 10/27/2005 11:37:28 PM PDT by cowboyway (My heroes have always been cowboys.)
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To: raccoonradio
students can dress up as their favorite literary characters

"Hello teacher. My favorite book is the Bible. So I dressed up like Jesus! What are you doing? Why are you marching me down the hall? Why am I going to the principal's office? I'm being suspended? For a month? But that's not fair!"

12 posted on 10/28/2005 3:48:01 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: ClearCase_guy

I was thinking that as well, but when I think "literary" I think "fiction" not "historical", but...


13 posted on 10/28/2005 4:08:21 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
See, the school would be stuck:

If Jesus is not a "literary character" that must mean that the Bible is true. And if the school wants to go on record that they believe the Bible is true, then I count that as a victory.

But if the Bible is a mere work of fiction, then Jesus is a literary character and should be acceptable for Literary character Day.

So which would it be? I suspect both and neither.

14 posted on 10/28/2005 4:13:27 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: raccoonradio
Two years ago Halloween was banned at my kid's school on the basis of the complaint of one parent who claimed it was evil and against the values of Christianity. The rest of the parents complained. I complained that to ban it was the worst sort of anti-Celtic bigotry and the parent in question was in desperate need of a diversity training program. The kids went to a field trip instead where they learned about harvesting corn. Last year the rest of the parents requested the return of the Halloween carnival. Instead we had story book day. All the kids except one came dressed as Harry Potter. This year the Halloween carnival is back, it is not being called a fall festival or story book day and only one child has opted out of the (evil) celebration.
15 posted on 10/28/2005 4:23:59 AM PDT by Cheesehead in Texas
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To: raccoonradio
U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Newton)

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (Q-Newton)

16 posted on 10/28/2005 6:42:18 AM PDT by Living Free in NH
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To: Rightfootforward
"Majority rules" has NEVER defined our government? If the mob votes to lynch you, is it "right?"

We are a Republic, NOT A DEMOCRACY!

17 posted on 10/28/2005 6:43:36 AM PDT by Clemenza (Gentlemen, Behold!)
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To: raccoonradio
(don't laugh--in many places the "Christmas" or "_Santa_" parade has since been re-dubbed the HOLIDAY parade.)

Around here, they call it the WINTER ______ (fill in the blank).

18 posted on 10/28/2005 6:43:46 AM PDT by Living Free in NH
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Don't forget gay pride parade. Would they ever think of cancelling that?


19 posted on 10/28/2005 7:58:55 AM PDT by conserv13
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To: raccoonradio

Even though it is preposterous to consider Halloween as offensive in its current form, it is historically a pagan tradition.

Original Christians would have found this celebration tasteless and probably sinful.
1,500 years ago that is.

Ironically, Halloween has become an important part of modern culture. Christians forgot its original intent, supporting it instead.
I can't imagine what could be offensive about it now, yet let's not forget it originates from devil-worshipping.


20 posted on 10/28/2005 8:16:04 AM PDT by aristotleman
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When you think of Halloween, what comes to mind? For a lot of people, Halloween has become synonymous with candy, costumes, scary stuff, witches, ghosts and pumpkins. But do you know the Christian connection to the holiday?

The true origins of Halloween lie with the ancient Celtic tribes who lived in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany. For the Celts, November 1 marked the beginning of a new year and the coming of winter. The night before the new year, they celebrated the festival of Samhain, Lord of the Dead. During this festival, Celts believed the souls of the dead—including ghosts, goblins and witches—returned to mingle with the living. In order to scare away the evil spirits, people would wear masks and light bonfires.

When the Romans conquered the Celts, they added their own touches to the Samhain festival, such as making centerpieces out of apples and nuts for Pomona, the Roman goddess of the orchards. The Romans also bobbed for apples and drank cider—traditions which may sound familiar to you. But where does the Christian aspect of the holiday come into play? In 835, Pope Gregory IV moved the celebration for all the martyrs (later all saints) from May 13 to November 1. The night before became known as All Hallow’s Even or “holy evening.” Eventually the name was shortened to the current Halloween. On November 2, the Church celebrates All Souls Day.

The purpose of these feasts is to remember those who have died, whether they are officially recognized by the Church as saints or not. It is a celebration of the “communion of saints,” which reminds us that the Church is not bound by space or time.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that through the communion of saints “a perennial link of charity exists between the faithful who have already reached their heavenly home, those who are expiating their sins in purgatory and those who are still pilgrims on earth. Between them there is, too, an abundant exchange of all good things” (#1475).


21 posted on 10/28/2005 11:34:01 AM PDT by Syberyenta
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Frankenstein is a literary character

Ask Mary Shelley


22 posted on 10/28/2005 11:37:46 AM PDT by Syberyenta
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To: cowboyway

It takes energy and time but most if not all celebrations need to be moved off-campus. Remove it from the school/board/principal's backyard and watch them thrash helplessly.

Christmas/Thanksgiving/Halloween party at the community center - everyone at the school is invited but it's not a school-sanctioned activity. If you choose not to attend, fine. If you attend and are somehow offended by something you voluntarily attended - tough cookies.

The principals love this - they get to swan around for the media types. Let them get back to educating (assuming they ever do) and let's enjoy the holidays again.


23 posted on 10/28/2005 7:22:08 PM PDT by relictele (How can Hillary run the country when she couldn't manage a household of 3?)
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To: raccoonradio
My youngest goes to one of the few public elementary schools that still does allow a Halloween celebration. We do nine week grading periods, and the afternoon of the last day of the nine week session is reserved for a 'reward' for the students. At our elementary school the first nine week period ends with a Halloween parade of costumes around the school property (parents are permitted to park and take pictures) and a party in each home room. A very carefully worded letter is sent home telling the parents that the district 'respects' the concerns of every parent, and if you wish to pick your child up at a designated time on the party day, the child will not be counted as 'absent' for the afternoon. A few do take their children home early...maybe 3 or 4 families out of 400 or so.

Political correctness has reared its head in our district, but has not yet taken over for common sense. At least not yet.

24 posted on 10/29/2005 8:14:13 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (Shiny things distract me :))
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