Citing safety concerns, one shoreline school has notified parents that this year, Halloween costumes will not be allowed at school.
The leadership team at the Lillian B. Haynes School in East Lyme have decided to eliminate the Halloween parade and the wearing of costumes in school this year.
In a letter to parents, the school said there are increasing safety concerns, and said that in the past, students have been excluded from participating due to religion and cultural beliefs.
“This decision was based on many factors including safety and exclusion of students. With increasing societal safety concerns, the number of adults who attend this event, some in costumes, poses a potential safety threat,” Principal Melissa DeLoreto said in the letter.
The Haynes School has 380 students in kindergarten through 4th grade.
"It’s a little out of hand…let the kids dress up in costumes. They’re (in) 4th grade, they don't know anything different. Let them have fun,” said Pam Kosinski, of East Lyme.
"She's going to go trick or treating at night so I don't think it’s a big deal she doesn't have Halloween at school,” said Lisa June, of East Lyme.
DeLoreto said they will have classroom celebrations but with a fall theme...not Halloween.
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