A Staten Island elementary school canceled its traditional father-daughter dance over gender guidelines from the New York Department of Education, the New York Post said.
The department told schools to “eliminate” any “gender-based” activities unless they serve a “clear” educational purpose, the paper said, citing the agency’s Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Student Guidelines policy update issued last March.
“Until we understand what we are legally permitted to do, we need to table this event,” Parent Teacher Association President Toni Bennett wrote in a private school-parents Facebook group about the PS 65 dance scheduled on Friday, the Post reported.
How are parents reacting?
Moms and dads aren’t reacting very agreeably to the news.
“They’re trying to take away everything that everybody grew up on and has come to know, and I don’t think it’s fair or right,” Matthew West, 32 — who has two daughters at the school — told the paper. “They should leave it the …