Teacher cancels Halloween by sending gutted kids in costume home

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A school's yearly tradition of dressing up for Halloween has been cancelled after parents received letters telling them to send their kids to school in regular uniform.

Despite the orders from the school authorities, a group of "more than 20" families allowed their children to dress up anyway, only for them to be sent home.

The parents claimed that they had enjoyed the tradition while they were children at the school, Cumberland News and Star reports.

One parent said: "They were gutted, they had all made a massive effort.

‘"They missed out last year because they weren’t in school with lockdown and obviously this year with everybody settling back into school.

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"All we wanted was for our kids to celebrate and I don’t think that kids going into school in a Halloween costume is preventing them from learning and receiving education."

The pupils at Northside Primary School in Workington, Cumbria, traditionally used the last day before half-term to dress up for their spooky holiday.

Some students didn't go back to class while some changed into their uniforms and went back to school on the same day.

Ms Lloyd claimed that she had asked parents to send their children to school without fancy dress because of the day she had planned.

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She also confirmed that the pupils were sent home to change, adding: "We’re sorry some children are missing out on the final day of the half term.

"I will be contacting parents to try to resolve this communication issue at the earliest opportunity."

But parents have since lashed out on social media, with one mum claiming they were only given "a couple of days' notice" about the new rule having already planned their costumes.

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Some parents have claimed that Ms Lloyd told them she was cancelling the tradition because it is "something she has never celebrated herself".

But many parents stood by the head teacher, saying parents should set an example to their children and listen to the school.

Nic Barnes said: "It’s great when you get instructions, then don’t follow them, then blame everyone else because you didn’t follow instructions. Maybe the parents need to go back to school."

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