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Superintendent cancels Halloween, bans costumes in school citing DEI and potential harm to students’ ‘dignity’

A New Jersey school district canceled official school-wide Halloween celebrations, citing its diversity, equity and inclusion values and the purported potential for the festival to be offensive to people from various cultural and religious backgrounds. 

Dr. Ronald G. Taylor, the superintendent of the South Orange & Maplewood School District (SOMSD), sent a letter to families on Oct. 6 explaining why any Halloween celebrations in the district will have to be held after school hours.

“As you know, SOMSD is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion meaningfully – not just saying the words but also promoting an inclusive school… Our aim is to build a consistent approach across the District as to how our schools observe and celebrate holidays and special events,” Taylor wrote.  “Each year, questions arise from families, students, and staff about what SOMSD schools will be doing regarding Halloween.” 


The governor of New Jersey, Democrat Phil Murphy, responded, “Seriously? We can’t let kids celebrate Halloween? Give me a break.”  

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Hannah Grossman is a Reporter at Fox News Digital.


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