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US school cancels Halloween for students - citing diversity

Published 29/10/2015 | 12:21

Past Halloween celebrations had many students feeling left out, the school said.
Past Halloween celebrations had many students feeling left out, the school said.

One US elementary school has cancelled Halloween festivities for its students this year.

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Officials at the school wrote to parents to say that the school’s diversity was the reason behind the decision.

One fifth of parents whose children attend Seth Boyden Elementary School in Maplewood, New Jersey were keeping them out of school or opting not to participate in Halloween activities, CBS reported.

“To have it interfere with the learning of a significant number of families in a way that made them feel uncomfortable just didn’t make sense anymore,”  Suzanne Turner, director of strategic communications for the South Orange-Maplewood School District, said.

Past Halloween celebrations had many students feeling left out, the school said.

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