At least one parent is upset after a Utah elementary school enacted a policy requiring that girls politely agree to dance with boys who might ask them during the school’s annual Valentine’s Day dance.
KSTU-TV reported Thursday that Natalie Richard, the mother of a sixth-grader at Kanesville Elementary School in Ogden, Utah, was very upset that her daughter would not be allowed to say “no” to dancing with a boy in whom she wasn’t interested.
Richard told KSTU that she verified the information with her daughter’s teacher and went further, broaching the topic with Kanesville Elementary’s principal.
“[The policy] sends a bad message to girls that girls have to say ‘yes,'” she explained, “[And] sends a bad message to boys that girls can’t say ‘no.
“If there is an issue, if there’s students that are uncomfortable or have a problem with another student, I mean: that’s certainly something that can be addressed with that student and parents,” Findlay told the station.