In the spirit of ‘diversity‘ and ‘inclusivity‘ an elementary school in British Columbia has officially cancelled both ‘Mother’s Day’ and ‘Father’s Day’ in an effort to spare children with ‘non-traditional’ family units the ‘trauma’ of creating holiday crafts.
Yes, you read that correctly…
In a letter sent home to parents, Albert McMahon Elementary School in Mission, British Columbia explained that they have ‘decided to encourage’ children to partake in ‘those celebrations’ at home and that there will be no longer be gift making during school hours for the holidays in question.
Citing that the decision was made after a ‘recent trauma involving a student and its parents’ came to the staffs attention, School District Superintendent Angus Wilson defends that the move was not a ‘cabal or some political plan.’
Refusing to speak on what type of trauma crafting macaroni could bring, Wilson reiterated that the school is choosing not to celebrate the holidays any longer.
The letter sent home to parents and caregivers read the following:
“As Mother’s Day and Father’s Day approach we have met as a Primary (Grade 1 and 2) team to discuss our core values. In an effort to celebrate diversity, inclusivity and also nurture our students who are part of non-traditional families, we have decided to encourage those celebrations to take place at home. Due to this, the children will not be making gifts at school to give on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. We feel each family knows the best way to celebrate with their own family.”
A picture of the letter was posted on Facebook on May 1 and was quickly shared amongst hundreds of people.
In it, the poster said:
I think disapointed [sic] is an understatement. This will be the first year that we don’t get gifts crafted with love from our kids, and since we only have one little one now it makes it all that much worse. I dont understand why we, as Canadians, need to give up our traditions that have been passed through generations. I welcome all races and ethnicities, but forcing us to give up things that are important to us as Canadians is crap. And it doesnt even have anything to do with religion? You cant celebrate your Mom and Dad?
Wilson was aware of the Facebook posts, acknowledging how, without context, many could interpret the letter in a negative way. He added, however, virtually all the parents who did receive the letter understood why it had been sent and understood why the school was taking the direction it was.
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