(CNN) – The Cranston, Rhode Island, school district banned father-daughter dances and other similar parent-child events after a parent complained to the American Civil Liberties Union.
The parent said her daughter felt left out of a father-daughter dance because she does not have a father or a father figure in her life.
Cranston’s superintendent responded by banning parent-child activities, including father-daughter and mother-son events.
Superintendent Judith Lundsten said, “I truly believe that no one intended to hurt anyone’s feelings with this, that they wanted to be inclusive, but they also liked these traditional-type activities.”
In an interview with CNN affiliate WPRI , Lundsten acknowledged that finding that balance might be “tricky.”
Here’s what the ACLU had to say:
“The school district recognized that in the 21st Century, 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 This type of gender stereotyping only perpetuates outdated notions of ‘girl’ and ‘boy’ activities and is contrary to federal law.”
No; ACLU. what the school recognized was they didn’t want to get their arses sued blind, broke and stupid. This is so sad to me. Because of one crabs-in-a-barrel-sour-grapes single mother, now the whole school can no longer participate in this special bonding activity between father and daughter and mother and son. I mean, how DARE students with intact and loving two-parent families FLAUNT their love and devotion in front of her daughter who has no father because you, the mother, insured she did not have one?? So since YOUR daughter can’t participate in a father-daughter dance because of YOU, you ruin it and punish the children of parents who recognize the BENEFIT of a child being raised by TWO parents. Wow…you should be proud. /sarcasm