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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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