Outraged Parent Speaks Out After Rhode Island School District Bans Father-Daughter Dances
Many parents are outraged after one Rhode Island school district banned the traditional father-daughter dance, and other gender-specific events, following a complaint by the ACLU that such events discriminate against single parents.
Sean Gately, a parent in the Cranston School District and a vocal opponent of the school’s ban, spoke out on Fox and Friends. According to Gately, last year one mother filed a complaint because
her daughter didn’t have a male figure in her life to attend the father-daughter dance with. This prompted the local ACLU to send a letter to the school district threatening a lawsuit and saying that the district was violating Rhode Island law. The superintendent has now cancelled such events.
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The ACLU has issued a statement, reading, “This type of gender stereotyping only perpetuates outdated notions of ‘girl’ and ‘boy’ activities and is contrary to federal law.”
Gately, however, believes the ACLU is simply trying to take advantage of school districts without a lot of funding. He said, “I just think that this is the local ACLU kind of bullying our school system.”