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School Head Bans Halloween

28/10/2014 13:28 | Updated 22 May 2015

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A school in Scotland has banned Halloween following a consultation with parents - but not ALL the mums and dads are happy with the ruling.

Nova Scott, head teacher at Williamsburgh Primary School in Paisley, implemented the ban after parents voted on whether or not to stage a spooky party.

But the Scottish Record reports that some parents found the voting system unfair, claiming that the 'no' votes were counted the same as the 'let the school decide' votes.

Parents told the paper they think Ms Scott chose to throw it open to a vote after protests last year when she decided against celebrating October 31 with a party.

Following the vote, the school said two-thirds of parents either didn't want to celebrate Halloween, or were prepared to let the school make the decision. This has angered some parents who say that the children will be missing out.

"It's rather sad that they have chosen not to celebrate Halloween because everywhere else will be doing something and the children will be left out," one dad told reporters. "What they have done is write to the parents asking them their views on whether they wanted Halloween at the school or they wanted the school to decide.

"It seems that after this consultation, a majority of parents either said no or were happy to let the school decide, so the school chose not to. But there were many parents who are still in favour."

The annoyed dad said he didn't know whether the school's stance was down to 'religious observance or political correctness' but said it was a 'real shame' there would be no celebration.

Local councillor Will Mylet - himself a dad-of-two - told the paper it was 'disappointing' for the children.

"Halloween is all about fun for them and, while I think school should be about education, there also has to be an element of fun," he said.

A council spokesman said that parents had always played an 'important role' in deciding how Halloween was marked at the school, but that it has never been a 'major part of the school calendar'.

"This year, every family was given the chance to express an opinion on what should happen and the school made a commitment to respect the views of the majority," he said. "Some 380 survey forms were sent out and two thirds of parents said they would either prefer not to celebrate Halloween or were happy for the school to make the decision on whether or not to mark the event.

"In the circumstances, it has been decided not to have any formal celebrations for Halloween in the school."

He added that the council appreciated the decision would be 'disappointing for some people'.

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