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Preschool Discourages Children From Saying ‘Best Friend’ — Leads To ‘Cliques’

Schools nowadays are doing some crazy things. But this one tops the cake.

A school in Georgetown, Massachusetts, 35 miles north of Boston, is discouraging children from picking a “best friend.”

Did we mention it’s a preschool?

The Pentucket Workshop Preschool in Georgetown told Christine Hartwell that her four-year-old daughter Julia shouldn’t say the term. “The teacher told her she couldn’t say that there in school.”

Hartwell called the mandate “ridiculous,” according to CBS Boston.

“Children who are four years old speak from their heart,” she said. “They should be able to call kids anything loving. You’re my best friend. You’re my best pal.”

The Georgetown preschool offered an explanation to Julia’s parents. Saying the term best friend “can lead other children to feel excluded” and it “can ultimately lead to the formation of “cliques” and “outsiders.”

The preschool wrote, they “encourage children to have a broader group of friends, and foster inclusion at this particular age.”

Hartwell says, even though it has been more than a month since the incident at school, it’s still sticking with her daughter.

“Even now, she goes to say it in a loving way, I’m going to see my best friend Charlie or this one or that and she looks at me sideways,” Hartwell says. “She’s checking in with me to see if it’s OK.”

What on Earth can be next?