Oh yeah, and because of federal candy regulations. Not. Kidding.
Boys and girls at a Massachusetts elementary school have been banned from bringing Valentine’s Day candy or cards over cultural equality issues and federal guidelines regulating candy.
Parents of students at Salemwood Elementary School in Malden, Mass, received a letter informing them of the policy – that impacts not just Valentine’s Day – but all holidays.
“We have many different nationalities, cultures and languages spoken,” Principal Carol Keenan told Fox News. “Because of that we don’t honor specific holidays.”
Keenan said she did not want some students feeling left out.
“This is done with all good intentions – to have all students be accepted, to have all students feel like they belong,” she said. Malden is the second most-diverse city in Massachusetts and the school is home to students from 67 different cultures. David DeRuosi, superintendent of Malden Public Schools, defended the principal’s decision – explaining that with new residents and new mandates “certain traditions we have to modify and adapt.”
“We’re always looking at how to combine the traditions that have been a part of Malden with its ever-changing face,” he told Fox News. Keenan said they were not cancelling Valentine’s Day. Instead, the elementary school is going to celebrate a modified version.
“Every student is making a friendship card for another student,” she said. “I wanted to make sure that every single student is given the opportunity to get a card and to also give a card. I didn’t want some students feeling left out.”
DeRuosi said there are also strict state and federal guidelines governing what kind of food is allowed inside a public school building. “No candy, no cake, no cupcake,” the superintendent said – noting their hands were tied. “You can’t send cupcakes anymore.” Parents and local residents said they are furious at the decision.
As the saying goes, the road to hell is paved with ‘good intentions.’