ChesCo School District Bans Halloween

Citing, among other reasons, concerns about the "religious connotations of Halloween," the district has dropped the holiday.

Rather than Halloween, this year Phoenixville Area School District’s elementary school students will celebrate a “fall festival,” The Pottstown Mercury is reporting.

According to the paper, at Thursday’s school board meeting, superintendent Dr. Alan Fegley explained that the district decided to ditch the holiday for a host of reasons, among them a sensitivity to the diversity of its student body and the “controversy surrounding the religious connotations of Halloween.”

Read the full article on Phoenixville Patch.

gayle October 23, 2012 at 05:53 PM
How sad! It is a fun dress up day for kids. Not a religious, political, or dark day for them. That's an adult who doesn't remember a fun childhood. And is painting things black because that's how they see any thing fun. It's pretend, for goodness sake!!!
Danielle October 23, 2012 at 08:58 PM
That is insane, I would be so mad if my school district did that to my kids, I agree it is a day to dress up & have fun. I would even boycott my kids going to school that day to prove a point. DD
edufan October 24, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Although Halloween or "All Hallow's Eve" began as a Pagan ritual, it has evolved over the centuries to one of a community gathering for children. It does not have the religious connotations attached to it as it once did. Hopefully, Phoenixville will allow the children to "Dress up for Fall", parade and collect candy to celebrate the Fall season.
Down With Liberal PC! October 24, 2012 at 08:45 AM
Hopefully??? WE, the tax payers, are in control, not his fuckin liberal PC ass! How about we tell this guy to stick his "opinion" up his ass! Or better yet, we stick it up his ass for him!
OriginalWC October 24, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Please tell me this story is a joke. How did this guy even earn a doctorate? What's next? How about we call Independence Day the "summer festival" as we don't want to offend any people of English descent. This dude needs to concentrate on the important issues regarding our educational system.....he is obviously wasting taxpayer money by dreaming up ridculous ways to get his name in the paper.
Tom Chambers October 24, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Let's see now, there are those secularists amongst us who have been, and are doing, all they can to rid us poor souls of celebrating Christmas, referring to it as "Winter festival." Now we have this misguided "educator" denying our kids of a day of fun and dress-up, referring to it as "Fall Festival." What's next, ruling out Easter celebration and calling it a "Spring Festival?" God help us! (Oh, I forgot, mentioning God here may get my post flagged as inappropriate.)
Shaun Casper October 24, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Phoenixville: A town that celebrates The Blob, but forbids Halloween. What a shame.
Mzplacedinphilly October 24, 2012 at 05:27 PM
If I didn't read it myself I would not have believed it. Totally ridiculous and unwarranted action with unfounded intent.
edufan October 25, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Although I truly understand your anger, that kind of language is so inappropriate and will get you nowhere is attempting to plead your case. Honestly, you could get more with sugar than you do with vinegar; especially with those who make decisions.


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