School District Bans Parent-Child Events

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CRANSTON, R.I. -- A school district in Rhode Island has decided to ban events like father-daughter dances and mother-son ball games after receiving some complaints. At least one parent feels these type of events exclude children who don't have a parent figure in their lives.

One mother complained to the American Civil Liberties Union that her daughter felt left out of a father-daughter dance because she doesn't have a father or father figure in her life. Now, the Cranston Superintendent of Schools plans to ban events like mother-son activities or father-daughter themed events.

"I truly believe that no one intended to hurt anyone's feelings with this, that they wanted to be inclusive but they also like to traditional type activities," said Judith Lundsten.
Supt., Cranston, RI School Dist.

Parents who support both sides of this argument can be found throughout the town.

"Why would you cancel based on one woman's opinion? You could've handled it without getting the ACLU involved, just work with that particular person," said resident Ann Clanton.

"It's a tricky issue because I do feel for the families of the children that don't have a mother or father figure," said resident Brooke Brown.

"There's not many opportunities for a father to be with their daughter. I think it's a travesty to be honest with you," said resident Adam Roy.

The ACLU released this statement: "Public schools have no business fostering the notion that girls prefer to go to formal dances while boys prefer baseball games. This type of gender stereotyping only perpetuates outdated notions of 'girl' and 'boy' activities and is contrary to federal law."

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