Saturday, October 31, 2009

From The Files Of Absurdity, Volume XLVIII: Schools Banning Halloween Costumes For "Political Correctness"!

Well, its Halloween 2009, and tonight is a time of long standing tradition where we dress up in scary costumes for fun and send our children out into the neighborhoods to go door to door to scream "Trick Or Treat" and collect bags of high fructose sugary candies that for the next week or two will have them climbing up the walls high on sugar, and rotting their teeth! Isn't Halloween grand?

But it is all for fun, and sometimes in these troubling times, we need to have some real fun! Who cares if the Politically correct maniacs out there are now trying to find ways for banning Halloween because of its Pagan rituals, and what it stands for according to them. It is just good clean fun!

However, I came across the following article, and I said to myself "Come on now! This is getting to be too much!" It seems that US schools are now banning Halloween costumes for being too scary and "Politically Incorrect"! Here is the article, from www.independent.co.uk, and my comments to follow:

Boo! US schools put the frighteners on scary costumes for Halloween

Clampdown on cloaks, masks and weapons that could upset or offend

By Guy Adams in Los Angeles

Saturday, 31 October 2009

A girl in a party dress chases a toy bat as schoolchildren trick or treat in Burlington, Wisconsin this week.

AP

A girl in a party dress chases a toy bat as schoolchildren trick or treat in Burlington, Wisconsin this week.


Be careful with those Halloween costumes: they might just spook someone. That, at least, is the prevailing wisdom in America's schools, where the national obsession with "trick or treat" is being compromised by the dead hand of political correctness.

In a country where few things are quite so terrifying as an expensive lawsuit, and pagan tradition sits uneasily with religious conviction, many teachers have started banning small children from dressing up in a manner that could upset, offend, or even scare their peers. Out go vampire cloaks, zombie masks, plastic weapons, and fake blood. In come "princess" dresses, cuddly animal outfits, and the occasional jauntily placed top hat.

Fangs and fingernail extensions are completely verboten; witches' robes are frowned upon. Instead, costumes must be broadly "positive".


Not all of this is new: US school boards have for years been issuing broad guidelines about costumes, accessories and behaviour that it permitted at the sometimes elaborate, and always eagerly anticipated dances and parades that take place each 31 October.

However, in the past, they've tended to clamp down only on outfits and accessories deemed either antisocial (messy, coloured hair spray, for example), dangerous (fake daggers, axes or other weapons) or in some way racially insensitive.

This year, by contrast, children are being prevented from wearing some outfits on grounds that they're ever-so-slightly scary – so could upset young people of a delicate disposition, or be offensive to conservative Christians.

In Illinois, a school district told its children to dress up as "historical characters" or "food items" rather than the more time-honoured option of witches and ghosts.

"We're balancing traditions with the times we live in," said a spokesman. "Several years ago, there was some push-back in our community. Some people thought Halloween was a Satanic ritual. Well, let's not say Satanic ... let's say they were not comfortable with what it represents."

Riverside Drive Elementary, a state school in the San Fernando Valley just north of Hollywood, meanwhile woke up yesterday to find that its sternly-worded memo to parents about "costume appropriateness" of their children at yesterday's Halloween parade had been leaked to the New York Times.

It specified six rules: "They should not depict gangs or horror characters, or be scary," read one. "Masks are allowed only during the parade," read another. "Costumes may not demean any race, religion, nationality, handicapped condition or gender," said a third.

Under Riverside Drive Elementary's guidelines, the newspaper wryly observed, Little Bo Peep would be considered acceptable, but her shepherd's crook would not. The school's headmaster declined to comment, but some parents were not so reticent.

"Can't parents have discretion?" complained Joel Bishoff, whose young son plans to attend the school's parade dressed as a box of breakfast cereal.


NTS Notes: It seems that we are sliding fast into a time where people and children can no longer have any fun. For the last century there was absolutely no problems with children dressing up in scary costumes because people knew they were both harmless and for fun!

This belongs in my Files Of Absurdity for the simple reason that the Political Correction Police are now trying to prevent children from being children. Let them have their fun and damn these idiots for not having a life!

So, Happy Halloween everyone! Lets keep it as a tradition for having some good clean fun!

More to come

NTS

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