At the Albert McMahon Elementary School, a “recent trauma” has caused the school to cancel all activities relating to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. A letter was sent home to parents explaining why they won’t make note of these holidays, due to a “celebration of diversity.”
The letter from the school’s staff notes, “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.
This is pathetic:
Mission Public School District Superintendent Angus Wilson confirmed the letter was sent to parents, but he noted the cancellation came with a valid reason.
“The reasoning wasn’t some cabal or some political plan,” Wilson said. “Instead, there has been a recent trauma involving a student and its parents.”
As a result, classrooms are choosing not to celebrate the holidays, Wilson added.
Wilson could not go into the specifics surrounding the “trauma” in an effort to keep the student’s and its parents’ identities private.
Parents are outraged, and the have expressed their concern on social media. One person wrote, “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?”
Someone else opined, “This is just sad on so many levels. My most cherished moments are the handmade gifts my son makes me at school. I honestly can’t believe this is even a topic to be discussed.”
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