Connecticut schools bow to death threats, allow Halloween costumes after school
Officials at a Connecticut school district have received death threats after their cancelation of Halloween celebrations from elementary schools.
They called off the parties and costumes parades because the events exclude children whose religion prohibits Halloween celebration, reported the Hartford Courant.
But the officials quickly revised the new rules after unspecified “national extremist groups” made threats, reported NBC Connecticut.
Children will be prohibited from wearing costumes during the school day, but they will be permitted during after-school activities.
Parents complained that school officials bowed to political correctness when they eliminated costume parades at two of the district’s four elementary schools.
Officials said they had received complaints in the past about the religious celebrations of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.
Halloween has never drawn such complaints, officials said, but it was included anyway in a set of guidelines for classroom celebrations.
Many evangelical and fundamentalist Christians view Halloween as an occult celebration, and Jehovah’s Witnesses and some Orthodox Jews also prohibit the celebration.
Buddhist, Hindus, and Mormons leave the decision up to individual members.
Watch this video report posted online by NBC Connecticut: