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Parents To Speak Out Against Halloween Ban at D-69 Meeting

Skokie-Morton Grove School District 69 will be having an open board meeting on Oct. 16. Many parents who plan on attending plan to speak out against the recent Halloween ban.

Skokie-Morton Grove School District 69 will have an open board meeting on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Many residents who will be attending are planning on voicing their concerns over the recent Halloween ban issued within the district's three schools: Edison, Madison and Lincoln Junior High.

The meeting will be at the Multi-Purpose Room,

Following Patch's story on District 69's Halloween ban, Superintendent Quintin Shepherd said he is now open to feedback from the community. Meanwhile, parents have started a petition to reinstate Halloween.

Skokie Patch will also be covering the meeting on Oct. 16. 

Previous Coverage:

  • Parents Start Petition to Reinstate Halloween at District 69
Mr. Rats October 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Parents, if he doesn't rectify his boneheaded decision, don't send you kids to school on Halloween. Let's see if attendance numbers are taken into account when setting bone-headed policies.
Red Sam Rackham October 12, 2012 at 01:20 PM
When I was a child at a Chicago Public School it was the decision of each school's principal whether or not Halloween celebrations would be allowed during school hours and parents never protested when a principal chose to ban such festivities, tho I do wish my parents and others would've done so when our new principal made such an unpopular decision. FGS, don't these school staffers remember the joys of Halloween from their own childhood?
Red Sam Rackham October 12, 2012 at 04:10 PM
While I'm all for letting kids have an in school masquerade party on Halloween, keeping them out of school to protest a ban on such festivities is not a wise idea.
Mr. Rats October 12, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Well I think it is, as King Quintin said that a 5% drop in attendance on Halloween was a factor in cancelling this great American holiday. We'll see what affect a 30-50% drop in attendance have on cockamamie policies.
Jon Schneider October 12, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Seriously, this is the issue that strikes a cord. People used to protest wars, civil rights, stolen elections, now it's school costume parties. When did Halloween become a big deal. You throw on a costume after dinner, go around the block and collect candy. You carve a pumpking and roast the seeds. Why need there be more?
Mr. Rats October 12, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Why? Let me explain it to you Jon. King Quintin unilaterally decreed the banning of this holiday to appease a certain culturally religious group of people. If Halloween can be cancelled as not to offend this particular culture then where does the cancelling of other holidays that have become part of the American cultural lexicon stop? And if we are to appease this culturally religious sensitive group then why not require girls to wear hijabs as it's insensitive for them to have boys see anything but hands and face. Shall we cancel Thanksgiving, MLK, St. Valentines, St. Patrick's, Columbus Day, etc? Instead of cancelling why not use Halloween to further try to assimilate this group instead of making no effort whatsoever. Eventually this group will be so isolated from the rest of the American culture that we'll be fighting for a lot more than just Halloween.
Jon Schneider October 12, 2012 at 06:38 PM
you've got problems, mgloverats. I don't believe any part of what you said. I have no evidence of any sort of "culturally religious group" with some "sensitivity"... other than perhaps you. Maybe you are the one who is out of place? This is not a war. When I was in school, I was required to take off my hat. No one fought for my right to wear a hat in school. Nor should they. Take your kid trick or treating. You'll feel better. Maybe better yet, move to Idaho and do it there.
Jason Philips October 12, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Well, this is making news outside of the state. Horror Host Ormsby made a video about it on youtube. He calls Shephard Stupid-intendent LOL. http://youtu.be/fzVu-HsrvxU
Ren tuhk October 17, 2012 at 03:28 AM
JEsuS age Christ!!! they may as well cancel all things of celebratory natures. Cancel them all! all are abolished and so no more Valentines day, saint paddy's day thanks giving. I mean those that are opposing these galas of JOy are free to celebrate their owns have the choice to partake or not well shit cancel Christmas too!

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