Many parents are saying it is a case of political correctness gone mad.
A New York high school has postponed its annual father-daughter dance in a bid to be more inclusive, but parents and students are not impressed, shares Yahoo.
A decision was made to postpone the father-daughter dance at Staten Island Public School, just days ahead of the traditional event.
The school principal reportedly directed the Parent Teacher Association to reschedule the event because of the New York Department of Education’s gender-neutral policy.
It claims the daddy-daughter event excluded other genders, and cited city policies forcing the tradition to be scrapped.
The updated policy was established a year ago, requiring future school events to end “gender based practices”, the New York Post reported.
The department’s spokeswoman Toya Holness told the newspaper schools “must ensure that such events are gender-neutral and open to all students and their person(s) in parental relation.”
Many parents are claiming the move is political correctness gone too far, while many girls have been left disappointed after spending months preparing their outfits for the dance.
One mother told the local TV station the dance was traditionally meant for dads and their daughters and that shouldn’t change.
The dance, reportedly rescheduled for March, will be open to students and caregivers, regardless of gender.
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