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ACLU at it Again! Say Good-bye to Father-Daughter School Dance

By Bobby Eberle

I'm so sick and tired of the ACLU. Every time someone wants to continue American traditions like prayer or the Pledge of Allegiance or patriotism, the ACLU comes around to threaten lawsuits and scare people into submission. That's exactly what's happening in Cranston, Rhode Island, but this time, it's the school's annual father-daughter dance that's being targeted.

As reported by WPRO 630 AM, "a signature school event, 'the father-daughter dance' has been banned in all public schools." How can this happen, you ask? Is there something wrong with a father-daughter dance? Yes, if you are the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The new superintendent of Cranston schools, Dr. Judith Lundsten, issued a letter in August banning all "gender specific events" at the school because of a complaint from the ACLU last May.

"This is 2012 and they [public schools] should not be in the business of fostering blatant gender stereotypes," Steven Brown of the RI ACLU told the WPRO Morning News with Tara Granahan and Andrew Gobeil.

Blatant gender stereotypes? What in the world does he mean? Is this guy nuts?

The Providence Journal adds that the mother-son ballgames are also banned.

In the midst of a firestorm sparked by the cancellation of father-daughter dances in Cranston schools, the School Committee says it will consider a resolution Monday asking lawmakers to modify a state state law prohibiting discrimination based on gender to allow the district to preserve the longtime tradition.

Many parents reacted emotionally and the national media picked up on the story when news spread Tuesday that the Cranston schools superintendent canceled father-daughter dances after receiving a complaint from the ACLU.

According to the news story, in order to comply with federal law, "the name of the dance would change and the girls could pick a parent for an event called, perhaps, the 'ladies choice' dance." Are you kidding me?

Here's a report from WPRI.com:

Parent-child events banned in Cranston

Wow... one person is upset, and so the entire dance is banned? What about the multitudes of people who are now upset about the dance being cancelled. Do their opinions and feelings matter at all?

Common sense is in such short supply in this country, and liberals and organizations like the ACLU just make it worse.

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  1. dwschoComment by dwscho
    September 19, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    The ACLU consists of a bunch of miserable human beings. They won’t rest until they make the rest of American society miserable. There must be a lot of memebers of ACLU who were never invited to the dance that they have to spoil it for others. What is the harm of gender specific dances if both genders have the opportunity to hold a dance? It’s time to tell the ACLU and other hate mongers to get the Hell out of our country.

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    • sexysadieComment by sexysadie
      September 19, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

      The ACLU is not just a group of miserable human beings, they are marxist-commie-homosexuals who have a very specific goal in mind and it has nothing to do with civil liberties. I have asked this question time and time again and have yet to receive a proper answer: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE RULE OF THE MAJORITY? We are now being ruled by a very small minority of bleating miscreants. Who makes these decisions? The only solution to this problem in schools is to do away with public schools altogether. Let the homosexuals and marxists start their own schools and they can do whatever they please then.

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    • rondComment by rond
      September 19, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

      You are right in certain aspects. Sometimes the ACLU goes overboard. But think of this, how about a mother and son dance, shouldn’t they be included too? and how about those daughters who lost their father by death or otherwise and have not a figure father in their family or , if you were them, how would you feel to be excluded? Maybe this dance should be called parent and child or something inclusive, not exclusive. Are these ideas marxists or simply common sense?

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    • dwschoComment by dwscho
      September 19, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

      Rond, I hear what you’re saying and I wouldn’t certainly want to exclude a girl in that situation. I would say her mother could take her, or her siter or whatever. But, that’s not what happens in these situations. The outcome always is everyone loses. These traditons get cancelled because schools and other organizations can’t afford to fight the ACLU. Listen, life isn’t fair and it will never be. So, why do some people try to make it all better for everyone. You can’t. You just end up making it worse for all. All this politically correct stuff has done in many instances is to spoil things for the majority while making the minority feel better. How is that fair?

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    • rondComment by rond
      September 19, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

      By the way, I agree that this dance shouldn’t be cancelled, just be inclusive. Some of the responses I received are so vitriolic ( I hope that you understand this word, if not look it up, if you have a dictionary) Some invited me to leave this country. Wow!

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    • debsComment by debs
      September 19, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

      Rond..by your reasoning we should also ban formal weddings because there are brides who have lost their fathers or have distant fathers who can’t walk them down the aisle…its not fair that other girls get to have that, or maybe ban all father-son outings because not everyone has a father and thats not fair…how about the ACLU step in and we ban all mother-son activites because well….LIFE IS NOT FAIR and the sooner people accept that fact the sooner they can get on with living. In this unrealistic PC world we are trying to create, we are losing all common sense. The trouble with common sense these days is it’s not too common anymore.

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    • 77fordComment by 77ford
      September 19, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

      I think it is time to ban the aclu for the good of the Country

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    • BobinmsComment by Bobinms
      September 19, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

      I think if the ACLU is so concerned about the plight of these people they should provided the escorts. Then EVERYONE would be happy. It might inconvenience the ACLU a little but after all they are really concerned about this, so they should be happy to do so. It would give them an opportunity to “put their money where their mouth is”.

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    • jinxed13Comment by jinxed13
      September 20, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

      My parents were divorced when I was less that 1 year old. Not only did my father not bother to have a relationship with me, but he didn’t bother to send child support either. There were other girls who had uninvolved fathers or fathers who had died, but we used our heads and invited “substitute fathers.” I invited my maternal grandfather, but had he not been available, I would have invited my uncle, an older cousin, my mother’s boyfriend, etc. There were also boys whose mothers had died or weren’t involved in their lives and when there were mother-son events, they improvised and invited some other older female that was involved with their family. The mother of this girl should have worked with her daughter to improve her coping skills instead of complaining, because there will be many instances in the girl’s life when she may feel left out — like a wedding of an acquaintance where she’s not invited, etc. What is she going to do then? We all have to learn sometime in our lives that the rest of the world doesn’t exist to make us feel good or to do things the way we would like them to do. With what has been quoted as 42% of children in the US being born to never married mothers, I would imagine there are quite a few instances where kids have felt left out. Now the rights of the majority are trampled on because one person can’t cope? Asinine.

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  2. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    September 19, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    Thanks to the Liberal Progressives and their destruction of the American family, NOW too many girls have no fathers to bring to the dance, and must hide in the shame of the Democrat Party of destroyers. Don’t blame the poor girls, blame the Pro-choice moms who made the wrong choice as to who and what to mate with. Make that wrong choice and your daughter goes to the father-daughter dance alone, and those with legitimate dads have to cancel their dance because those without dads might feel ashamed. The government makes a poor daddy come dance time does it not, as well as a poor provider. Absent fathers make poor dance partners, poor disciplinarians, and poor role models, but this all works to enlarge the Democrat voting base of dependency with the single mom ensalved to the handout, who NEVER admits she made a poor choice or bad mistake. Obama is one date who may take you to the dance, but you do not want to come home with, lest he run off your father,and offer your mom free condoms to cover the results of his diseased ideology and limp impotent administration.

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    • firefighterComment by firefighter
      September 20, 2012 @ 7:26 am

      You hit the nail right on the head Inluminatuo.The liberals are determined to turn this whole country into a Cess Pool. What ever happened to morals and scruples? Just watch one Judge Judy type show and you will see the moral decline right in front of your eyes. It’s sad, very sad.

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  3. LAPhilComment by LAPhil
    September 19, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    This doesn’t even make any sense. Where’s the discrimination? Who’s being discriminated against? What gender stereotypes? This kind of bullying needs to be stopped once and for all. The ACLU has become beyond contempt and it’s time for people for people to start calling bul*sh*t on them.

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    • taliesin319Comment by taliesin319
      September 19, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

      Does this child’s mother live in a vacuum ? No Grandfather, Uncle, Adult cousin, trustworthy friend of the Family ? Is she a member of the ACLU ancillary, Society of the Perpetual Victims ?
      Did she perhaps think when she dated this childs father what sort of man he was ? Now every child who wants to attend this traditional event is expected to feel guilt because their classmate doesn’t have a father or father surrogate to escort her to the dance. In life we have the parent or parents we have. Her mother should have told her that she is sorry that her circumstances have put her at a disadvantage but it is what it is. She might also add that having her daughter made her strong and resilient. Disappointing as it is to be unable to attend does not make it right to spoil it for those who can. Every choice good and bad has unintended circumstances. She can make this a chance for growth or place her on the road of the forever aggrieved.

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    • gopluvaComment by gopluva
      September 19, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

      Rond and those of like mind.Why on earth should dances and ball games change what they have been doing for years. If a girl has no dad, is there anyone to take his place for the night. Cant she go to the dance and dance with her friends dads?Some kids lost their mom but they can still go to the ball game.You just cannot please all of the folks in this world all of the time.We just go through life trying to be happy and let others do as they please as long as it does not infringe on us.

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  4. Kevin KoloffComment by Kevin Koloff
    September 19, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

    Well if it’d been a father son dance…………….

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      September 19, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

      Yeah, I guess they didn’t feel they were getting equal time.

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    • CarmineComment by Carmine
      September 19, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

      In the eyes of the aclu a Father-Son dance would probably be alright. We would have two males dancing together. That goes along with their agenda.

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  5. fallschComment by fallsch
    September 19, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

    The ACLU is following the normal recipe for charities that are important when they start out only to find out they have made themselves irrelevant. They invent issues to prove the need for their continued presence.

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    • bizzybuzzerComment by bizzybuzzer
      September 19, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

      sounds like congress doesn’t it. Same difference, just a bunch of mostly lawyers.

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    • sexysadieComment by sexysadie
      September 19, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

      They have a very specific, left-wing agenda. And, sorry to say, they have managed to bully everyone else into submission..

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  6. mach37Comment by mach37
    September 19, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    This complainant is stupid beyond stupidity. No matter how I try to express my argument against the ACLU action, it all boils down to “Pure Stupidity” and “completely unreasonable.” Not only the original complainant but the ACLU itself is stupid for acting on the complaint. There is no argument I can think of to REASONABLY argue for the complaint.

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  7. marc1456Comment by marc1456
    September 19, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

    Yes it is stupid. Yes it is reverse discrimination.
    So quit depending on the public schools to advance
    The socialization of your children. If you want
    A father/daughter dance then rent a hall or any
    Other public venue and hold the event
    Quit the reliance on govt and there stooges
    Be Free
    Remember freedom is not free

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    • sexysadieComment by sexysadie
      September 19, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

      You are absolutely correct. If parents would stop relying on public schools to babysit their kids (because that is ALL public schools accomplish based on the most recent academic test results), and find other ways to properly educate their children, the public schools would eventually have to close That is precisely why public school officials, the NEA, and the teacher unions and federations are so vehemently against homeschooling. .

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    • dwschoComment by dwscho
      September 19, 2012 @ 4:44 pm

      Marc1456, The ACLU would come after any host of such an event.

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  8. MaryComment by Mary
    September 19, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

    What in the world could be wrong with a father-daughter dance. My husband’s niece couldn’t have her father present when she got married, so he danced with her at her reception. Now I guess someone is going to find something wrong with that.

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  9. nickster99Comment by nickster99
    September 19, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

    THIS PRESIDENT IS A SCUMBAG THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS MADE UP OF SCUMBAGS! THEY WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO ADVANCE THEIR MARXIST AGENDA. AND THAT IS TO DESTROY THIS COUNTRY AS IT IS OR ONCE WAS. THEY NEED TO BE STOPPED IN NOVEMBER! TAKE THEM OUT WITH THE TRASH!

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  10. neonbudComment by neonbud
    September 19, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    If you don’t fight for what you want no one else will do it for you. This is your fight so make sure they understand that you will not put up with their BS….Nothing is free in this country any more. We have to continue to fight this system to make sure that they are not taking more and more of our rights away from us.. God Bless our Country! Lets make them irrelevant not us. This shouldn’t even be an issue.

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  11. MaryComment by Mary
    September 19, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    Is that superintendant completely batty? Or does she just not have any backbone to fight with? I dare say that if they tried that in Texas they would get their butt kicked clear out of the state. They might also get told that they didn’t like things here, they could go live somewhere else.

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  12. LAPhilComment by LAPhil
    September 19, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    I haven’t seen that new movie “The Last Ounce of Courage”, but isn’t that about a situation like this?

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    • neonbudComment by neonbud
      September 19, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

      I saw this movie last week and I think you will enjoy this movie a lot, I did. I know that all Conservatives will love this movie. Without ruining the story for you it is about Christmas in a small town and all the problems they go through making it happen for their town. That’s all I am going to tell you….go see the movie and enjoy it!

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  13. gregindeedComment by gregindeed
    September 19, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

    A large part of the problem is the new superintendent of Cranston schools, Dr. Judith Lundsten for caving on this. But then again, she is probably one of them. Disgusting.

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  14. thedoveComment by thedove
    September 19, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

    “According to the news story, in order to comply with federal law, “the name of the dance would change and the girls could pick a parent for an event called, perhaps, the ‘ladies choice’ dance.”

    So, “Father-daughter” is gender specific, but “ladies choice” isn’t. I see. Umm … No, I don’t. Be patient, folks, I’m not too bright, but I’ll catch up.

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    • seekerComment by carol
      September 19, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

      How about kid’s choice!

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    • sexysadieComment by sexysadie
      September 19, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

      How about “commie choice”?

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    • neonbudComment by neonbud
      September 19, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

      How about the Father/Mother with Daughter School Dance. So, Mother doesn’t feel left out either….since everyone is offended now a days because of PC.

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  15. seekerComment by carol
    September 19, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

    I’m not a fan of the ACLU. However, this is what’s wrong with a father/daughter dance. My 11 year old granddaughter’s school is having one. Unfortunately her father died and there are no men in the family to take her to the dance. Also, what about those girls whose fathers are in the military or not in the picture somehow. What’s wrong with a parent/child dance or just a dance period?

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    • marc1456Comment by marc1456
      September 19, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

      That is not the point
      I am sure any child can ask a surrogate
      To escort them with parents permission
      The point is why the public school is involved
      At all.
      Do your own dance. Keep the destroyers of our youth
      Away

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    • lml62Comment by lml62
      September 19, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

      Yes, I feel sorry for the daughters whose fathers are not there, but I am sure their friends would be more than willing to share their fathers, uncles, brothers, grandfathers, or whoever is willing to stand in.

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    • dwschoComment by dwscho
      September 19, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

      Carol, If there isn’t an immediate male family member certainly you could find someone the girl knows who could take her. If not, it’s unfortunate but why should it be ruined for everyone else. I know that sounds coldhearted but life isn’t always fair. It’s good for kids to learn that lession. That way when they encounter it as adults they won’t go into shock. There are too many people who try to make our society one where no one ever experiences any sort of disappointment. It will never happen so we need to be realistic.

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    • lindatComment by lindat
      September 19, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

      I’m sorry for your granddaughter losing her father, but kids need to learn the harsh lessons of life if they’re to survive in this world. She may have many opportunities in the future that other kids don’t, and I’m sure she’ll understand that that is life.
      Maybe she can get a scholarship to college that others can’t. Should they end scholarships because one person can’t get one?

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    • catmanComment by catman
      September 19, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

      “I’m not a fan of the ACLU. However, this is what’s wrong with a father/daughter dance. My 11 year old granddaughter’s school is having one. Unfortunately her father died and there are no men in the family to take her to the dance. Also, what about those girls whose fathers are in the military or not in the picture somehow. What’s wrong with a parent/child dance or just a dance period?”

      It started with the dance, but what many don’t understand is it is not about the dance – it is about the ACLU.

      The ACLU gets paid by the government for every case they bring forward.

      They did good things 40 and 50 years ago, but like many non-profits, they have lost their purpose, but the have the big machine in place, so they have to feed the beast.

      We can look forwards to many years of nickle and dime case that chip away at our society, while the ACLU tries to pay it’s bills on our backs.

      If we stop the government cash flow (your and my money) to the ACLU, these garbage cases will disappear in a New York second.

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  16. elderalComment by elderal
    September 19, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

    The public schools are a cesspool of PC ideas (surprise) so just move the event to private property and have it anyway. Surely some civic club or church has a meeting hall large enough for a dance.
    These events are great practice-runs for girls where Daddy shows them by example how a gentleman treats a lady. If the lesson is successful, no girl would ever date a boy who disrespects her. (This solves a multitude of potential problems.)

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    • seekerComment by carol
      September 19, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

      There you go!

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  17. texasbelleComment by texasbelle
    September 19, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    What is even worse than the ACLU complaint is that the Supt agreed to their mandate. How in the name of all that is holy is a Father-Daughter dance offensive to anyone but the far left goons? What are gender stereotypes? Do they think fathers didn’t have a role in bringing these children into the world? Or are they totally against real life families?

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    • lindatComment by lindat
      September 19, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

      Of course, if it was a homosexual dance, it would be fine and probably celebrated!

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    • lowlifeComment by lowlife
      September 19, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

      Nearly all school officials would cave. All they have to do is threaten to sue. It can cost a great deal of money to defend and even if you win, courts are unlikely to award legal expenses (except to ACLU, Sierra Club, etc.).

      Yes, they are against families (read Marx).

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  18. neonbudComment by neonbud
    September 19, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    Hey out there; don’t laugh at me, I need your help, how/where do you cast a vote on this site; otherwise I can’t vote for anyone. Do I just click on a star/?

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    • thedoveComment by thedove
      September 19, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

      You have to be registered and logged in, then, yes, you select a number of stars; the higher the number of stars the more you agree with the comment.

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  19. bill1068Comment by bill1068
    September 19, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

    I am totally amazed at this? What the h… have we come to and who is the ACLU but a bunch of Socialists.
    People, it is time to take back our country and get rid of this type of bull.

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    • sirodComment by sirod
      September 20, 2012 @ 12:22 am

      The ACLU knows people are afraid of the costs and the publicity. They win by intimidation. They are like the old guys (you know who I mean) that try to keep the racist fires stirred so they can get settlements instead of going to court. It is bull but won’t be stopped until people stand up to them as a group. People backing people together and pushing them out of the picture. What a silly thing for them to take on in this town.

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  20. Norbert G. GinselComment by Norbert G. Ginsel
    September 19, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    OK, those girls who have no fathers, should have a brother, uncle, or other relative, to dance in remembrance of the Dad who could not be there. It is fitting. Now, how to we deal with those families in which there are no daughters? The father/daughter relationship is special, if different from the father/son relationship. Are they to be barred?

    This is yet one more denial that gender relationships cannot be reduced to parent/offspring relationships. Boys and girls are different, and it’s in their genes, and the relationships that develop are also different. This decision is ill-advised, foolish and wrong.

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  21. battleground51Comment by battleground51
    September 19, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    This is merely another phase of the nation wide, homosexual agenda brought to you by the leading defender of atheistic homosexuality, the ACLU.

    If good people stand by and do nothing, evil wins.

    In this case evil is spelled A-C-L-U.

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  22. mach37Comment by mach37
    September 19, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    Did I read right, that JUST ONE COMPLAINT fostered the cancellation of the dance for all schools in the district? The ACLU and the superintendent of schools, Dr. Lundsten, are out of their minds for reacting to the complaint in this manner. People of Cranston, you should be up in arms, have a recall – DO SOMETHING! One person should not have the power to control an entire school district.

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    • sexysadieComment by sexysadie
      September 19, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

      Well how do you think prayer got taken out of public schools? Some atheist father or mother was upset that their child had to undergo the horrific torture of having to hear or witness others praying. So much for majority rule.

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  23. sbflaComment by sbfla
    September 19, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    I think this is a case of bad parenting on the behalf of the parent that made the move to contact the ACLU. This comes down to parent and school intervention to explain to a child the situation and move on. Not make a mountain out of a mole hill and ruin a County tradition for everyone. Children are resilient and a good chat and the promise of an ice cream or maybe taking the child out for her own fun with Mom would have made the child forget about it and would of made Mom look like a hero in the eyes of that child. Instead the parent is setting a bad example for their child in showing them that lashing out because something does not go your way is an Ok thing to do. This person needs a parenting class and some anger mangement therapy in my opinion.

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    • mach37Comment by mach37
      September 19, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

      I didn’t see anything saying it was a parent that made the complaint. It could have been a complaint by a busybody without children. Too many alternate ideas of holding the dance elsewhere; citizens have to fight this rather than knuckling under to the whims of one person with a twisted mind.

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  24. westtexaslibraryladyComment by westtexaslibrarylady
    September 19, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

    What’s the big deal? Not all children with a single parent are in broken homes. Some of them are simply in homes where one parent isn’t home every single day. Thousands of children are with a single parent because their mother or father is deployed in the military — their family isn’t broken, it’s just not together. Lots of children have parents who travel for their job, or work at night and are unavailable for evening activities. There are an unlimited number of reasons why a parent would be unable to attend a school function. It’s not just because our society has failed — people are busy and not everything gets done by suppertime so everyone can go to the school evening events.

    When my oldest daughter was young her father was a long-haul trucker (3 weeks out, 1 week in), so he was unavailable for many activities. Her school still had the activities, but acknowledged the fact that not all Dads could attend, so they called them “Favorite Fella” events. No judgements, no stigma, just lots of fun for little girls and their special guys. My brother thoroughly enjoyed being her special date, and instead of being left out because her Dad wasn’t there, my daughter actually earned “social points” because her date was a young, good-looking hunk while so many of the others had ordinary Dads. The school did the same thing for the mother-son events, but I never paid attention to what they were called because I didn’t have a boy.

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  25. JoAnn TurnerComment by JoAnn Turner
    September 19, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

    When are we going to band together and sue the ACLU for harrassment??? Isn’t that what this boils down to???? YIKES!

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  26. lml62Comment by lml62
    September 19, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    If I were the people of Cranston, I would donate a place to have the dance and publicize it everywhere.

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  27. Don RorschachComment by Don Rorschach
    September 19, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    The problem does not necessarily lie with the thugs of the ACLU but with the left-wing, black-robed, perverts sitting on the Federal courts who are in bed with the ACLU and automatically rule in favor of the ACLU on just about every case the ACLU brings to the Federal courts.

    These bench perverts are doing everything they can to destroy America and convert the country into a Communist nation.

    It is time the Constitution is amended to make the Federal judges elected and directly responsible to the people of America rather than being appointed for life by the political scum in Washington, D.C.

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    • lindatComment by lindat
      September 19, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

      Amen to that!

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  28. Jim OsbornComment by Jim Osborn
    September 19, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    I can sort of understand the ACLU’s reasoning: so many kids grow up in single-parent households, and courts predominantly favor giving the kids to the moms. So there are too many households without the dad around, and to make it worse, some of these moms badmouth the dad to the kids just because Mom didn’t get along with Dad.
    But this shouldn’t get the event banned. Homes with dads may be getting scarce, but they need to be prized! So let the dads go out with their daughters, and be with other dads with their daughters, so that for one night in their lifetime things can look NORMAL!

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    • mach37Comment by mach37
      September 19, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

      The ACLU had no valid reason- they said it was “gender specific” which of course it was not; it involved both genders. Nevertheless there is absolutely nothing wrong with being gender specific at times. It is built into nature that males and females are different, not equal in every instance.

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  29. bizzybuzzerComment by bizzybuzzer
    September 19, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    The superintendant probably knows what the school board would think of getting involved with ACLU and the cost of it. The dance is apparently a tradition and sounds like a nice one. The fact that a girl or two would not have a father or another person to bring them surely was realized. The ACLU doesn’t care about that or the girls. They just found a job that pays as long as they are out there causing trouble.

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  30. Bill from MiddletownComment by Bill from Middletown
    September 19, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    My friend’s grandson, David, designed a patriotic hat to honor our veterans. He was banned from wearing the hat at school (also in RI)because the hat had plastic toy army men, with GUNS, on it! The school has a no “weapons” policy.

    David and his sister are now in private schools.

    Read about it and see the hat here:
    http://articles.boston.com/2010-06-18/news/29323345_1_weapons-policy-hat-school-system

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389×8585070

    http://www.wpri.com/dpp/news/coventry-army-hat-banned

    Liberalism is truly a mental disorder.

    The happy ending to this story is that vets from all over the country contacted David and honored him for his commitment to our troops.

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    • sexysadieComment by sexysadie
      September 19, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

      Very wise parents! They have saved the minds and souls of their children! Liberalism, which today means the same as marxist-communism, is a putrid cancer spreading like wildfire throughout our country. If we don’t stop it, it will kill everything that America once held dear.

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  31. hankanthonyComment by hankanthony
    September 19, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    Why are all you folks panties in a wad? The above story says “According to the news story, in order to comply with federal law, “the name of the dance would change and the girls could pick a parent for an event called, perhaps, the ‘ladies choice’ dance.” That’s a GREAT solution that should make everyone happy. A ladies choice dance allows girls without fathers to ask their mothers or other care giver instead. You claim to want freedom and democracy. THAT’S MORE OF BOTH. You really need to THINK before writing your comments. When I was in HS these were called Sadie Hawkins Day dances.

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    • NymRodComment by nymrod
      September 19, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

      You just don’t get it do you?
      The ACLU is anti anything American traditional or patriotic and their goal is to destroy such to make way for socialism.
      I don’t want socialism in America but if you do desire such you are free to leave to another country as you and your type are not wanted here.

      I refuse to let all that our ancestors have fought and died for to be thrown out by the whims of a few mentally ill liberals.

      Who needs to THINK before writing comments?

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      September 19, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

      It’s not all that happy, hank. The event has been BANNED, regardless of what they call it. And why is there a federal law which requires that the name be changed at all? There’s no requirement that a girl bring her father just because it’s called the father-daughter dance. But the ACLU in all their (lack of) wisdom just has to stick its nose in and spoil things for everybody.

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    • mach37Comment by mach37
      September 19, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

      How is a “ladies choice” dance not gender specific? When it was called “daughter/father dance” it included both genders, but the new name seems to open the dance to specific genders. Pure stupidity!

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  32. MorganComment by Morgan
    September 19, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

    I wish I could make a comment, but I don’t have the words that could be printed here to describe my feeling toward the ACLU.

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    • sexysadieComment by sexysadie
      September 19, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

      I understand your frustration!

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    • Bill from MiddletownComment by Bill from Middletown
      September 19, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

      Sexy Sadie; sounds like you picked your handle from a Jimmy Buffet song; “Brand New Country Star”, from “Living and Dying in 3/4 Time”. Good handle, Sadie!

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    • CarmineComment by Carmine
      September 19, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

      The solution to this type of problem is to take the aclu and throw it into the ocean. And leave it there.

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    • GinnyComment by ginny6648
      September 19, 2012 @ 11:54 pm

      AMEN Morgan, I totally agree with you, they wouldn’t be able to print my comment about the ACLU either.
      I do agree with the person who said we all should ban together and SUE the ACLU.

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  33. daveevad1Comment by daveevad1
    September 19, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    Why, pray tell, is it necessary for the public schools to sponsor ANY social (or, for that matter, athletic) extracurricular activity?

    Those who want any manner of dance are always free to organize it themselves – and at no cost to the taxpayers who support the schools. The same goes for athletics – let parents and other groups organize it privately in the manner of Little League, Pop Warner, and American Legion Baseball.

    Public schools need to focus on education, not dances. Taxpayer dollars need to go to teaching hard sciences, math, literacy, and real citizenship (which will admittedly be difficult with the current regime in charge).

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    • mach37Comment by mach37
      September 19, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

      You are just going to give up and let the stupid complaint by the ACLU rule our lives? As far as I can see there was just one complaint made, and the entire school district caved in to it.

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    • sexysadieComment by sexysadie
      September 19, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

      Public schools have not concentrated on education for the past 40 years. They are concerned with social indoctrination. Kids know about condoms (and how to put them on), birth control, how to save the earth, environmental extremism, revisionist history, multiculturalism, and homosexuality, but they don’t know how to read, write coherent sentences, spell, or solve simple mathematical problems without a calculator. Public school kids in junior and high school can’t find european countries on a map or globe, and they are unable to compete academically on a global scale. So, the question becomes, why do parents still send their innocent children to these cesspools?

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    • cdrcodyComment by cdrcody
      September 19, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

      Sadie, that’s an extremely good question. But for many people they have absolutely no choice. The various laws say that the kids MUST get schooling. Home schooling materials are expensive and private schools are even more so. When a family is struggling just to keep going they have to send their kids to these cesspools. The laws say so.

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  34. woodwizard77Comment by woodwizard77
    September 19, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    the aclu needs to wake up and understand that they are trying to destory the only government on the planet that will tolorate their existence, they should try this **** in russia or iran.

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    • Bill from MiddletownComment by Bill from Middletown
      September 19, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

      Best point I have heard all day!

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  35. mrratmanComment by mrratman
    September 19, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

    Anarchists,Commies,Looters,and Usurpers thats what A.C.L.U stands for aint it?? These guys openly promote the homo agenda and cry racism or unfairness every time some one promotes normal Christian values. I say hang em all.

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    • NymRodComment by nymrod
      September 19, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

      Get a rope.

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    • GinnyComment by ginny6648
      September 19, 2012 @ 11:56 pm

      I agree and I will buy the rope!

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  36. NymRodComment by nymrod
    September 19, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    The poor child may not of had a father figure to take her to the dance but now she doesn’t have a single friend in that school or the entire school district for that matter.
    Her own mother put that shame on her by pressing this issue.

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    • mach37Comment by mach37
      September 19, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

      What poor child? What mother? What father? I saw nothing in the article that showed the complaint was made by a parent, OR a child.

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  37. steverat57Comment by steverat57
    September 19, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    This “organization” needs to be re-named. An appropriate title should be the “UNAMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION!” These people don’t have a clue and are absolutely UNAMERICAN!If this is the way they feel about American Traditions, its time for them to move on to another country and express their ??? thoughts there. They will probably be lucky to survive with such idiotic / rebellious behavior!

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  38. Dennis Matthew PattersonComment by Dennis Matthew Patterson
    September 19, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

    Our community uses a private hall belonging to a church or veterans assn. They use the money they raise for charity. Don’t blame the ACLU blame the liberal politicians and courts that allow citizens to burn our flags, riot in our streets, collect welfare, etc. ad nauseum. It is not hard to understand when you consider one simple fact. Less than .50% of our citizens volunteer to serve this country in our military.

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  39. vevaComment by veva
    September 19, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

    All of the people of Cranston who want the dance should schedule it elsewhere. If they all chip-in the cost will be easy to bear, and worthwhile. Any girl without a father should borrow a male adult that she can trust, and is happy to accompany her. He can be her ‘surrogate father’ for the evening. I do believe the ‘ladies choice’ thing opens it up for lesbians to ask their girlfriends. Just saying.

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  40. gnafuComment by gnafu
    September 19, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

    By all means, punish the masses for the actions of one person. That’s not how it works in my home nor did it happen in my business. Parents, step up and demand. That’s the only way to combat this kind of nonsense.

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  41. Frank HurleyComment by Frank Hurley
    September 19, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

    As for the issue of “What about girls who don’t have a father?”, let’s be honest and acknowledge that this is overwhelmingly the result of a largely black underculture (political allies of the ACLU!) that isn’t much into the personal responsibility thing.

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  42. XComment by X
    September 19, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

    And who was the idiot judge who accepted the complaint? It should have been tossed without comment but with a great deal of, “are you sh—ing me?”

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  43. XComment by X
    September 19, 2012 @ 5:32 pm

    There are a few responses we should all do. 1) NEVER vote for a liberal, even under the threat of death. 2) support with as much as you can afford to the ACLJ, American Center for Law and Justice.

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  44. wdjincComment by wdjinc
    September 19, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

    The ACLU is a communist organization. ‘American Civil Liberties…’ what a sham for a name of an organization bent in destroying our freedoms of choice. Not satisfied with eliminating God, Christmas displays, prayers in public places, they are now going after so-called ‘gender discrepancies’.

    Bring your daughter to work day is now eliminated as well as father-daughter school dances. We need to stand up and be counted and do our best to terminate their existence by voting the communist liberals out of office this November as as start to bring back our traditional American moral values before we become a godless society.

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    • GinnyComment by ginny6648
      September 20, 2012 @ 12:03 am

      Absolutely True! Vote out the Liberals!

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  45. prairelivingComment by praireliving
    September 19, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    I went to an all girls high school and we had a long time tradition of a ‘father-daughter’ dinner dance. At the beginning of our senior year the father of one of my best friends passed away. So, when February came around (and the Valentine time event) all of the father’s of the girls in my group got together and asked the newly fatherless girl to come as their collective ‘daughter’. We all enjoyed the dinner, danced with all the dads in the group, and she didn’t feel out of place or discriminated against by the school. Did she miss her dad? She sure did, in fact we all did as he was a great dad and we’d always enjoyed being in his company. However, she also learned that other people cared for her and would be there for her even if her father wasn’t able to be. Does this girl not have any friends whose fathers could include her?

    The ACLU is just looking for some excuse to undermine the traditional family and having father’s show their daughters (whether they are married to the mom’s or not) that they are special and should be treated like princesses at least once in a while. The way that a girl is treated by her father is how she’ll expect to be treated by other men in her life…destroy her feeling special at a young age and her expectations will be very low when she is an adult.

    As a mom of daughters I certainly would not feel discriminated against because of the mother/son baseball game, or a mother/son brunch as my brothers’ high school had. I’d be thrilled moms had a way to connect with their sons and look forward and a mother/daughter event (which my high school also had…a tea or brunch depending on the year).

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  46. Helen MosbrookComment by Helen Mosbrook
    September 19, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

    I am sick of people knuckling under to whatever loony idea the ACLU comes up with. What happened to good old American backbone? If I were that insipid school superintendent, I would delight in telling the ACLU. If we won’t stand up for ourselves, we deserve the **** we get from these idiots. Many of these comments offered excellent suggestions on how to get around this nonsense, and I hope the Cranston school will implement whatever it takes to continue their tradition. Above all, vote against every Democrat in November!

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    • GinnyComment by ginny6648
      September 20, 2012 @ 12:05 am

      YES! VOTE THEM ALL OUT!

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  47. BohdanUke1Comment by BohdanUke1
    September 19, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

    I think you are all nuts! How did we deal with these issues before? When a father or mom were divorced, or passed, or ad infinitum… (ad nauseum…)

    We as a country have dealt with these issues with common sense from the beginning of the human race.. Now all we hear about is, “inclusive”, “sharing”, fairness, gender specific, etc.

    You want a law for every single itty bitty thing that life throws at us?

    Use your head and common sense. You do remember those things that God gave ya, dontcha?

    Some time back after reading the LA Times, I turned to my wife and asked her, “maybe it was just me, or did we wake up in some alternate universe”?

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  48. hjb2730Comment by hjb2730
    September 19, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    Just google aclu founder communist
    and see what comes up !

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  49. mwfuComment by mwfu
    September 19, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

    Just one more way to keep a father from his children.

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  50. Andy MattsonComment by Andy Mattson
    September 19, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

    Sorry, but the hype does not match reality here. The director of the RI ACLU needs some lessons in PR, but his dislike of the event was not the basis for what happened.

    It didn’t get shut down because some mom wanted it ended. The mom wanted her daughter to be able to participate. To be INCLUDED.

    When they couldn’t find some form of mutually acceptable solution, the superintendent threw a drama-queen hissy fit and banned everything, instead of making some tweaks to them.

    So, prairieliving, in your example, the girl who didn’t have a father in her life was allowed to attend, despite not having an adult male of her own to bring. I think that solution would have been perfectly acceptable to the mother who lodged the complaint. In your specific situation, this superintendent would have cancelled the event, forever, instead of allowing her friends and parents of her friends to “adopt” her for the event.

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