Good grief! Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for the poor schmucks condemned to grow up in New Jersey, they go and throw another wrench in the mix. Not only are the millennials denied work, at least of the paid variety, but one elementary school is banning Halloween for school children.
The Seth Boyden elementary school, which is located in Maplewood, has decided to ban the holiday, citing that it goes against the school’s policy of promoting diversity. According to Principal Mark Quiles, and PTA Co-Presidents Amelia Riekenberg and Donna Upton,”One of the strengths of Seth Boyden is that we are such a diverse community, with many cultures represented, and that we truly value each one… In the past, in-school celebrations of Halloween have made many of our students feel left out…after careful consultation and deliberation, we have decided not to hold in-school Halloween activities.” Superintendent John J. Ramos Sr. also publicly defended the decision, saying, “We understand that many families really enjoy the Halloween tradition and of course are not suggesting that anyone cancel or change how they celebrate Halloween outside of school.”
To those against the decision, all hope is not lost. The school reportedly attempted a similar ban last year, but public outcry led them to rescind the plan a few days before Halloween. Take that!
On one hand, censoring a popular tradition doesn’t exactly seem to be in line with promoting diversity as educating kids who don’t celebrate the holiday would promote cultural study. On the other hand, there’s the issue of seemingly forcing children who don’t celebrate the holiday to take part in the tradition. While that’s unfair, one could still argue that forcing the kids that do celebrate the holiday to abstain would also lead to something of a double standard. Of course, treating the kids who are left out like they’re some necessary evil is also unfair.
Now, you can argue that Halloween might be inappropriate for young children to celebrate due to its scary nature. But, these children should probably get used trauma considering they have to grow up in New Jersey, a place filled with a demoralizing economy, international crime, exploitation of the underprivileged working class, and bears. Yes, bears. Not the cutesy-wutsey porridge-eating kind. Bears who steal.
Of course, New Jersey is not alone in this. The Milford Public Schools in Connecticut have also made similar decisions this year, specifically banning Halloween parades in school and allowing children to come dressed in costume. Children are also not allowed to be given food, which really sucks. We’re gonna give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that this is only referring to Halloween treats, and that they’re not going to actually starve the kids…