Lawsuit filed in Halloween Contest Debacle
The latest in political correctness has landed the school board in a courtroom showdown with the parents of Amy Redd. Fred and Ginger Redd are suing the Central Elementary School, the Principal, several teachers, and the school board for discrimination.
A few weeks before Halloween the school board sent out a letter to all parents explaining their expectations of this years Halloween costume contest. No child would be allowed to wear a costume which would be considered offensive to another race. All of the parents signed the letter and returned it to the school as required for their child to participate in the contest.
Amy Redd wanted to dress up as Moana. She loved the movie and had watched it many times. She had expressed to her parents that she felt Moana was a hero and she wanted to be just like her. When it came time to choose a costume for the contest Amy chose to dress up as Moana.
The day of the contest came and Amy dawned her Moana costume and headed off to school. She had the complete outfit along with the long flowing black hair that made Moana so pretty. Amy’s teacher was responsible for determining that all students followed the guidelines handed down by the school board. She looked over each student and made the decision to disqualify Amy. When Amy asked why, her teacher explained that she was not Polynesian and therefore her choice for the costume of Moana was offensive to that race.
The winner of the costume contest was Nicholas. Nicholas is a Hispanic boy who chose to dress up as Maui.
Fred and Ginger Redd are suing the school, and other officials because they feel the school discriminated against Amy in not allowing her to participate because Amy is white. It didn’t matter that Nicholas was not Polynesian.
In the court ruling the judge ruled in the Redd’s favor. In testimony that was presented in court, Fred and Ginger offered proof that Amy’s Great Great Grandmother was in fact Polynesian and therefore Amy was Polynesian as well. The teachers determination that Amy would offend other Polynesians because she didn’t look Polynesian was negated by the fact that Amy was in fact Polynesian. The judge ruled that there was discrimination on the part of the school, principal and school board. They are not required to take D.N.A. samples from each child entering the Halloween Costume contest prior to disqualifying their participation.