A Canadian elementary school has nixed any celebrations for Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day in "effort to celebrate diversity, inclusivity and also nurture our students who are part of non-traditional families."
According to a report from First Coast News, a letter about the cancelation of Mothers' and Fathers' Day was sent home to parents of first and second graders from staffers at Albert McMahon Elementary School, located in British Columbia, Canada.
"As Mother’s Day and Father’s Day approach we have met as a Primary (Grade 1 and 2) team to discuss our core values," reads the letter. "In an effort to celebrate diversity, inclusivity and also nurture our students who are part of non-traditional families, we have decided to encourage those celebrations to take place at home. Due to this, the children will not be making gifts at school to give on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. We feel each family knows the best way to celebrate with their own family."
The letter was confirmed as authentic by Mission Public School District Superintendent Angus Wilson, though the superintendent contends that there is more to the cancellation.
“The reasoning wasn’t some cabal or some political plan,” said Wilson. “Instead, there has been a recent trauma involving a student and its parents.”
"Wilson could not go into the specifics surrounding the 'trauma' in an effort to keep the student’s and its parents’ identities private," reports First Coast News.
Parents in the community have since reacted to the letter, which was void of any mention of the alleged traumatized student.
"I think disapointed [sic] is an understatement," wrote one commenter via Facebook. "This will be the first year that we don't get gifts crafted with love from our kids, and since we only have one little one now it makes it all that much worse. I dont [sic] understand why we, as Canadians, need to give up our traditions that have been passed through generations. I welcome all races and ethnicities, but forcing us to give up things that are important to us as Canadians is crap. And it doesnt [sic] even have anything to do with religion? You cant celebrate your Mom and Dad?"
Superintendent Wilson told First Coast News that he is aware of the critical posts on the matter, but added that they are "without context." "He added, however, virtually all the parents who did receive the letter understood why it had been sent and understood why the school was taking the direction it was," notes the news station.
H/T Courtney Kirchoff