The annual event was canceled partly because “families that do not celebrate Halloween” might not feel included
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A Pennsylvania school district has sparked angry backlash from parents after calling off its annual Halloween parade for elementary students, with officials citing safety and “inclusivity” concerns.
The Lower Merion School District informed parents of the decision in a letter on October 7. The move covers all six elementary schools in the district.
In an email to Fox News Digital, Amy Buckman, director of school and community relations, confirmed the decision, saying there were “concerns for the safety and security of students parading outside among a crowd of unscreened adults.”
“Another is the lack of inclusivity of students whose families do not celebrate Halloween for religious or cultural reasons,” Buckman wrote. Schools will still be hosting “fun fall activities” in the classroom, she added.