- The Washington Times - Monday, October 27, 2014

Two elementary schools in Hartford County, Connecticut, are canceling this year’s Halloween celebrations for fear of offending those who don’t celebrate the typically secular holiday.

Principals at Ruth Chaffee Elementary and Anna Reynolds Elementary are telling children to leave the costumes at home this year. Parents say they received letters from the schools stating that since not everyone celebrates Halloween, it should not be celebrated, a local ABC affiliate reported.

“It was stupid and weird because they shouldn’t take it away from other people,” said Alyssa Montano, 8, who was excited to bring her witch’s hat and broom to class.

Her mother, Lori, said the schools are taking political correctness to the extreme.

“It’s not fair for the kids and I mean if some people don’t want to participate, then don’t participate, but they shouldn’t take it away from all the kids,” she said.

She was the one who had to break the bad news to her daughter.

“She’s disappointed, very disappointed because she has been doing it all the way up to this year,” Lori told the ABC affiliate. “Now they are not doing it this year.”

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