Each year, like clockwork, some politically-correct, busybody principal at a public, taxpayer-funded elementary school decides to take away Halloween from American schoolchildren.
This year, the principal is Angelique Brown of the Glover Community School in tiny Glover, Vermont.
Brown sent a letter home to parents this week explaining that she has banned all kids from participating in any Halloween festivities at school this year, according to The Chronicle, a local newspaper.
Thanks to the first-year principal, children at Glover Community School won’t be able to wear Halloween costumes to school this year. Brown has also cancelled the school’s customary pumpkin-carving contest.
“We need to keep religious celebrations and holidays out of schools,” Brown explained in her letter to community parents.
In a coup de grâce of sorts, Brown also appears to have changed the October 31 school cafeteria menu from “spider bellies, spider legs, and bones” to read “chicken tenders, french fries, and celery sticks.”
In her previous job, Brown was an assistant principal at a school in Groveton, New Hampshire — about an hour down the road.
Brown observed that her prior employer has been banning Halloween activities for schoolchildren for at least five years.
In 2014, principals in Connecticut — one of whom, Jeremy Visone, who holds a Ph.D. from Central Connecticut State University and fancies himself a doctor — banned Halloween at their respective schools. The letters the principals sent home reasoned that because some kids may not celebrate Halloween at home, every single kid at the school should be prevented from any sort of celebration of Halloween at school. (RELATED: Elementary Schools Ban Halloween Because Maybe Somebody Could Get Offended)
In 2013, an elementary school principal in the nether suburbs of Philadelphia decided to ban Halloween out of fear that somebody might be offended.
“The district must always be mindful of the sensitivity of all the members of the community with regard to holidays and celebrations of a religious, cultural or secular nature,” principal — and slapdash constitutional scholar — Orlando Taylor declared in a missive to parents. “The United States Supreme Court has ruled that school districts may not endorse, prefer, favor, promote or advance any religious beliefs.”
Also in 2013, school officials at Highland Park High School, a public high school in a ritzy North Shore suburbs of Chicago, told a student he couldn’t wear a Jesus costume on Halloween. (School Tells Christian To Change Out Of Jesus Costume On Halloween)
The student, Marshon Sanders, came to school definitely looking the part of Jesus Christ: the long locks, the big wooden cross, the crown of thorns, the red sash, the flowing robe. He faced disciplinary action almost as soon as school began because school officials worried that dressing as the central figure of Christianity could maybe, possibly upset someone.
Miraculously, after the boy’s mother came to school and gave school officials an earful, they deigned to allow Sanders to dress as Jesus after all, but he declined.