- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

CARY, N.C. (AP) - A Halloween shop has removed a costume of a blood-spattered uniform bearing the name of a former North Carolina mental health hospital.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (https://bit.ly/1jiWb6U) the decision by the owners of Halloween Alley averted protests planned by mental health advocacy groups. The costume’s front displayed the words, “Dorothea Dix Psych Ward.”

Dorothea Dix Hospital opened in 1856 and served patients with mental illness until it closed in 2012.

Ann Akland of the National Alliance on Mental Illness said advocates for people with mental illness didn’t like the stigma associated with the costume. Akland said people wearing the costume would be spreading the notion that people with mental illnesses are scary and violent.

Store owner Susan Brightbill said the company didn’t set out to offend anyone.



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