- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A Utah school district has reportedly revised a controversial policy intended to promote kindness that instructed sixth-graders to say “yes” when asked by a classmate to dance.

Kanesville Elementary School in Ogden came under fire recently after its policy concerning a sixth-grade Valentine’s Day dance became public.

Mother Natalie Richardtold a local Fox affiliate that she was floored when her daughter told her she couldn’t say “no” to a boy’s invitation.

“The teacher said she can’t. She has to say yes. She has to accept and I said, ‘Excuse me?’” Ms. Richard said.

Lane Findlay, community relations specialist of the Weber School District, confirmed that the rule was put in place in an effort to be more inclusive.

“Please be respectful, be polite,” Mr. Findlay told the station last week. “We want to promote kindness, and so we want you to say yes when someone asks you to dance.”

Ms. Richard said it “sends a bad message to girls that girls have to say ‘yes’ — sends a bad message to boys that girls can’t say ‘no.’”

“Psychologically, my daughter keeps coming to me and saying I can’t say ‘no’ to a boy,” she said. “That’s the message kids are getting.”

The Weber School District responded to the backlash this week, saying the rules have been changed.

“We certainly understand the concern and would never want to promote a mindset where students don’t feel like they have the option to say no,” the district said in a press release obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. “We have advised our schools to eliminate any sort of language in the instructions surrounding these dances that would suggest a student must dance with another student.

“Although we still want to strongly encourage inclusion, kindness, and mutual respect, we feel this change will be of greater benefit to all students who choose to attend these dances,” the district said.

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