Parents speaking out over Halloween school ban
A Port Colborne is woman fighting her daughter's school over a decision to ban kids from wearing Halloween costumes in favour of orange and black spirit wear.
April Smith says she found out about the move at McKay Public School in a letter attached to the school's calendar.
The note asks parents to dress their kids in orange and black which allows for a more "inclusive Spirit Day".
Smith tells 610 CKTB's Tom McConnell if they want her daughter in orange and black she will dress her up like a Harley Davidson.
She is urging all parents to send their children in costume adding there is no way the school can send all the kids home.
Smith adds Halloween helps children create memories and its not fair to take that away from them.
Smith has set up a Facebook page, called McKay Halloween Walk and she also invites other parents to give her a call at 905-933-5024.
She is also looking to organize a dance for students and is looking for parents to volunteer as chaperones.
The District School Board of Niagara says it's entirely up to the school principal to decide whether or not to allow costumes and the board will not interfere.
When pressed by 610 CKTB's Larry Fedoruk, DSBN spokesperson Brett Sweeney said if parents are unsatisfied and not getting the answers they want, they can always reach out to the school's trustee. In the case of McKay Public School, the trustee is Dave Schaubel. His email address is email@example.com