Diversity: The grinch that stole Mother’s Day

Diversity: The grinch that stole Mother’s Day

If you’re the mother of a child enrolled at Albert McMahon Elementary School in Mission, British Columbia, now hear this: Mother’s Day has been canceled. At least as far as the school is concerned. Your child will not be making you a gift or a card at school. Ditto for Father’s Day. Both holidays have been stricken from the school calendar.

“The reasoning” behind that decision, “wasn’t some cabal or some political plan,” according to District Superintendent Angus Wilson. “Instead, there has been a recent trauma involving a student and its parents.”

Its parents? That should be your first clue that the district’s decision is designed to protect “non-traditional” families.

To that end, the school sent home a notice that one irate parent posted to his Facebook page:

NBC affiliate KXTV notes that Wilson could not provide specifics about the “trauma” alluded to in his comments in order to protect the privacy of the family involved, which raises a question: Why should every family in the district suffer because of one family’s special situation?

Also Wilson is mistaken when he says the reason behind the move was not “some political plan.” It is precisely politics that drove him to make such a foolhardy proclamation.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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