This year will not be a Halloween parade for a Seattle public school because of its impact on marginalized students of color who do not celebrate the holidays, Seattle Times Report
School district officials said the epidemic played no role in their decision, and they received no complaints from parents about the dressed pumpkin parade at BF Day Elementary School.
Rather, some students “requested to be isolated on campus during the ceremony,” the statement said, referring to the district’s “unwavering commitment to colorful students” and “plans to replace the parade with more inclusive and educational opportunities.”
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School officials have been discussing whether to hold an annual parade for the past five years Bar This year, the school’s race and equity team, taking input from staff, recommended canceling the parade.
Stanley Jascott, The school principal, defended the decision Fox News.
“Several of our student historians have opted for alternative activities in the library during the Pumpkin Parade,” he said. “It was an isolated situation and not consistent with the values of being an inclusive and safe place for all our students – especially students of color and those who are sensitive to all the noise and excitement of the parade.”
Como said the statement in the school’s Oct. 8 newsletter provided insight into what was behind the decision:
“Halloween events create situations where some students should be excluded for their beliefs, financial status or life experiences. Costume parties often become an uncomfortable event for many children and they distract students and staff from learning. “Changes in the schedule with the crowd. Some students feel stimulated, others must deal with the complex feeling of exclusion. It is uncomfortable and annoying for children.”
According to Bar, BF Day Elementary School, located in the Fremont neighborhood of the city, where the majority are white, where the student population is one percent white, 1 percent mixed race, one percent Latino, one percent Asian and one percent black.