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Outrage: Parkville School Bans Halloween Costumes [Video]

Parents rip Board of Education Monday at Great Neck South High School.

GREAT NECK, N.Y. – Angry parents reacted sharply Monday to a decision by the Parkville School to ban Halloween costumes this year.

At a Board of Education meeting at Great Neck South High School, administrators heard complaints from parents regarding the decision by Parkville Principal Debra Shalom to change school policy regarding the celebration of Halloween.

The decision came down from Shalom after 10 Parkville parents objected to the celebration of Halloween as a "religious holiday," according to concerned Parkville School parent Vince Lentini who spoke out at the meeting.

"I'm starting to wonder what your priorities are here," said Vince Lentini, to the school board. "You're trying to raise uniform, harmonized children with no diversity whatsoever."

Lentini, an attorney, called the move by the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten school located in New Hyde Park, "ridiculous." 

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"I don't like the fact that you can't even say "Merry Christmas" anymore," said Lentini. "Now I hear that maybe we won't celebrate St. Valentine's Day because that has a religious connotation ... it's getting insane."

Great Neck Schools Superintendent Thomas Dolan said the issue will be discussed at a meeting of school principals Tuesday. Dolan invited Lentini to join in on further discussion at a committee meeting.

"They are revisiting the issue and there is going to be some discussion about it," said Dolan.

The district should welcome the diversity of being able to celebrate everything, including Halloween, said another parent Monday.

"It's not a religious holiday or anything of the sort, it's actually an American tradition," said Xiomara Hoey. "It's something that the children look forward to."

District parent Richard Shen agreed with the decision to ban Halloween costumes at Parkville.

"I wasn't too sure about giving away Halloween," said Shen. The whole point was "to have kids enjoy it and that's the bottom line," he said.

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Elaine Stravella September 26, 2012 at 09:05 PM
seriously-kids today-want to get dressed up so they get candy! It least that's my 14 yr. old talking! there is absolutely no religious connotation thought about Halloween! Parkville Parents Lighten Up!!!!!!!
vince September 27, 2012 at 03:37 AM
can you post the link i have cable and we dont have wpix b/c of lockout
LJ September 27, 2012 at 04:41 AM
As a Jewish mom that had 4 kids go,through Parkville and where costumes I think this ban is ABSURD! It is an American tradition that the kids look forward to. How many years do they actually get to be young and enjoy youth? Should we then not celebrate Lunar New Year there either? After all not all the kids observe. I thought the idea was to have all kids broaden their knowledge of different cultures and be accepting. And if it bothers anyone that much, keep your child at home. As I was told by Ms. Shalom 7 years ago when my child"s late day conflicted with religous school "well it"s only Kindergarten just skip that day every week or leave early"
LJ September 27, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Oops wear
LJ September 27, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Agree!

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