A school in Chicago has released a statement saying Halloween is a tradition, not a holiday celebrated by everyone.
Halloween is literally that one holiday out there which celebrates nothing but freedom and individuality but some people have found a problem with that as well.
An elementary school in urban Chicago has made hundreds of children cry by canceling their favorite holiday. The reason? Apparently Halloween is not 'inclusive' of all and not really a 'holiday.'
According to the Chicago Tribune, Lincoln Elementary School has issued a notice informing parents that Halloween has been canceled and will not be celebrated at the school.
Several other schools have joined in to echo the sentiment that the children who have been putting together their Halloween costume for months are heartbroken.
Parents are not at all happy with the decision and the school is receiving backlash. Explaining themselves, the principal of the school has issued a statement - "As part of our school and district-wide commitment to equity, we are focused on building community and creating inclusive, welcoming environments for all. While we recognize that Halloween is a fun tradition for many families, it is not a holiday that is celebrated by all members of our school community and for various reasons."
"There are also inequities in how we have traditionally observed the holiday as part of our school day. Our goal at Lincoln is to provide space and opportunities for all students to be part of the community — not to create an environment that may feel exclusive or unwelcoming to any child," the principal added. However, parents are not convinced.
“Halloween is a cultural American holiday, and it’s being canceled because of religious groups,” one of the parents told the media outlet. “We’re a Bosnia and Muslim immigrant and refugee family. Halloween, when we moved (to Chicago) from a different country, was one of the greatest things.”
Earlier, a petition surfaced asking the government to officially move Halloween from 31st to the last Saturday of the month and it gained over 148,628 signatures and has moved to White House. Maybe outrages over Halloween like these are the reason people are preferring to celebrate Halloween on a non-school day.
The movement addressed to the President of the United States started small but is going viral across the globe already. The petition to change claims that it doesn't make sense to celebrate Halloween on 31st and it would be better if it was moved to the last Saturday of October instead, in order to ensure everybody has a good time and it is convenient for all. You can sign it here.