Ladies, imagine being told you CAN’T say no to a boy if he asks you to dance. Well, that’s exactly what happened at Kanesville Elementary School in Ogden, Utah, and the parents weren’t here for it!
According to CNN, the school holds a sixth-grade dance on Valentine’s Day each year. The school claims the dance is supposed to encourage/promote inclusion, and in the past students have been instructed by their teachers to say yes when a fellow classmate asks them to dance.
This news didn’t sit well with several parents who thought the school’s idea of trying to promote inclusion wasn’t well thought out.
“The teacher said she can’t. She has to say yes. She has to accept and I said, ‘Excuse me?,'” one parent said to CNN.
It “sends a bad message to girls that girls have to say ‘yes’ — sends a bad message to boys that girls can’t say ‘no,'” the parent continued.
“Psychologically, my daughter keeps coming to me and saying I can’t say ‘no’ to a boy. That’s the message kids are getting.”
The school took into account the parents’ concerns and have since changed the instructions for the dance moving forward.
“In the best interest of our students, we are re-examining the procedures surrounding these dances and will make any necessary changes to promote a positive environment where all students feel included and empowered in their choices,” the statement said.
“We have advised our schools to eliminate any sort of language in the instructions surrounding these dances that would suggest a student must dance with another student.”
Were the parents being extra or no?