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School tells kids they must dance if asked during Valentine’s Day event. Now parents are reacting.

School tells kids they must dance if asked during Valentine’s Day event. Now parents are reacting.

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.

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