Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Death of Halloween in Seattle

It's one thing when the self afflicted, high and mighty want to eliminate Halloween candy, but it's another thing when they want to take Halloween away.

The Lafayette Elementary School in Seattle has banned students from celebrating Halloween.

They have decided to forbid students from dressing up in costume for Halloween this year because of Halloween costumes could offend and upset students who come from other cultures.

Parents have complained to the school over the ruling, demanding a explanation.

Lafayette’s principal, Shauna Heath,(photo above) e-mailed media outlets, including The West Seattle Blog, arguing the decision was made because of the limited instructional time that falls on Halloween this year. Seattle Public Schools observe a half-day of instruction on Wednesday, October 31.

“This decision was made by the entire staff after two deep and detailed discussions. The initial conversation was initiated by staff members who suggested that since Halloween falls this year on a half day of school, we not allow costumes. It takes students a while to change into their costumes, and students are distracted taking away from the already limited instructional time.

Many parents believe the decision was based on concerns about cultural sensitivity. Why the school would want to offend the majority of kids who celebrate Halloween, than it is for a handful of students who do not is anybody's guess.

We seriously doubt the decision has anything to do with costumes changing times, otherwise just have the kids come to school already in costume.

We believe the Seattle school system has been trying to end Halloween for years, even wanting to change the name to “Harvest Day”