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A Seattle elementary school canceled its annual Halloween parade this year, saying it “marginalizes students of color who do not celebrate the holiday.”
The decision to cancel the Pumpkin Parade, where students can dress up in Halloween costumes, came from the Racial Equity Team at Benjamin Franklin Day Elementary School after five years of discussion, the school district said.
The article goes on to state the following:
“There are numerous community and neighborhood events where students and families who wish to can celebrate Halloween,” a Seattle Public Schools spokeswoman said in a statement provided to KTTH Radio talk show host Jason Rantz. “Historically, the Pumpkin Parade marginalizes students of color who do not celebrate the holiday. Specifically, these students have requested to be isolated on campus while the event took place.
The school’s statement also declared, “In alliance with SPS’s unwavering commitment to students of color, specifically African American males, the staff is committed to supplanting the Pumpkin Parade with more inclusive and educational opportunities during the school day.”
Instead of the Halloween parade, the school said students will do other activities, such as studying about the fall and reviewing “autumnal artwork.”
Confirming the report, the school’s principal, Stanley Jaskot, told Fox News, “Halloween is a very complex issue for schools. Yes, I agree this event marginalized our students of color. Several of our students historically opted for an alternate activity in the library while the pumpkin parade took place. This was an isolating situation and not consistent with our values of being an inclusive and safe place for all our students – especially students of color and those with a sensitivity to all the noise and excitement of the parade.”
LISTEN BELOW as a parent spoke with Rentz to voice his frustration over the school’s decision.
Exclusive: A Seattle elementary school canceled Halloween activities after claiming black male students don’t celebrate the secular holiday. https://t.co/lfHNIpToo9
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) October 13, 2021
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