Father/ daughter dances may be a thing of the past from now on.
As reported by the Daily Caller, A father/daughter dance was canceled at an elementary school in Columbia, S.C. because it wasn’t “inclusive” enough. Interestingly enough, the Principal said the dance was canceled after complaints BUT the exact number of complaints were “fewer than 10.”
The dance had been held annually for the last 5 years and has raised $2,000 for the PTO.
“There were a few parents that did not think the father-daughter dance was inclusive, when actually, it was, at all times,” school district spokeswoman Karen York told WIS-TV. “It was never an event that was exclusive to only fathers and daughters. Mothers and anyone else who wanted to show up at the dance were certainly welcome to attend.”
York also observed that “other districts here in Columbia as well as across the country sponsor father-daughter dances. Nevertheless,” she said, “the whole focus is to have a special occasion for all students and all parents.”
The PTO is refunding the money to the families who have already purchased tickets. Many parents in the district are being pretty open about their frustrations at the cancellation of the Father/Daughter Ball. There is now an effort to try to plan the dance through a separate venue. The school district is now considering a dance to be called the “Brockman Ball” as an alternative.
This incident brings to mind the school district ban on Father/Daughter balls in Rhode Island thanks to the ACLU. The ACLU claimed that Father/Daughter and Mother/Son violate the state’s federal gender discrimination laws. This was after a single mom complained her daughter couldn’t attend the dance.
Fox News’ Todd Starnes reported:
“The parent felt it was not appropriate and filed a complaint with the ACLU,” she said.
The American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to the district demanding that all father-daughter and mother-son events be cancelled.
Lundsten said school attorneys found that while federal gender discrimination laws exempt such events, Rhode Island’s does not.
“At this point, the law states that we cannot have these gender-specific type activities,” Lundsten told Fox News. “
She said the school district is going to try and work with lawmakers to amend the law – but until that time, “We are following the law.”
This happened back in 2012, and look at how things are going now in the name of equality: there is no such thing as gender in schools now. Father/Daughter and Mother/Son events used to be a long held tradition.
I, myself, have attended a few such events. I would hate to see my children deprived of such fun. If all things are “equal” then why are so many things disappearing? If the new way of doing things are “equal” to the old why can’t there be side by side events instead of new traditions REPLACING the old? Are you prepared for a few complaints to change your entire life?