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Is it still cross dressing if you’re doing it on Halloween?

November 1, 2011

As yesterday’s Halloween festivities took place, Copper Canyon Elementary in our very own Jordan School District wanted to keep things safe at school so that all the little boys and girls could have a fun costume party day. So, the principal at Copper Canyon sent home a letter to parents last week, just to remind them of the school district’s costume policy. The memo gave an overview of the usual safety restrictions, designed to prevent kids from doing anything dangerous. For example, the school’s principal reminded parents that kids are not supposed to cross-dress for Halloween…you know, cuz someone could really get hurt if a 5th grader showed up as Lady Gaga.

OMG dude…

I love this state, it’s the people in the state that drive me crazy.  I mean look, obviously this has to do with a very specific religious/moral concern.  Now, I don’t really see what’s so bad about an elementary school kid “cross dressing” for Halloween.  In fact, I don’t even think it’s “cross dressing” if it’s done on Halloween, that’s just “dressing up”, isn’t it?  And in defense of “the Mormons”, I honestly doubt that many of them would worry too much about it either…it’s just that lunatic fringe few that give Utah a bad name.  But if it shakes your soul to the core to know that your little boy might be skipping to school singing “I kissed a girl, and I liked it” with a pink wig on, then by all means…ground him for his moral trespasses.  Anyway…and this is so obvious that I’m debating whether to waste the time and energy to type it out…but, you can do what you want with your own kid, don’t tell me what to do with mine.

I’m pretty sure (although, who really knows these days…) it is unconstitutional for Jordan School District to enforce such a policy…at least on Halloween, if not in general.  Which might be why the School District started back pedaling like Nelson Cruz chasing a fly ball when some eminently reasonable parents called BS on Copper Canyon’s memo.  A district official said that it was all due to a big “misunderstanding”.

Yeah, whatever.

Anyway, I heard a rumor that the school came to its senses and told the kids they could in fact dress like a drag queen if they so desired.  I like to imagine a very angry phone call from the District Superintendent to the Principal telling her she was going to lose her job if she didn’t get right and quit robbing her kids of basic civil freedoms, but I doubt that’s how it really went down.

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