Halloween has been called off at one Montgomery County school.
Why, though, is up for debate.
In a letter to parents Tuesday, Inglewood Elementary School principal Orlando Taylor said he canceled parades and parties to comply with district policy. Quoting district regulations, he wrote that holidays such as Halloween and Thanksgiving are viewed by some to have "religious overtones." And the Constitution, he wrote, bars the endorsement of religion in schools.
But after some parents at the Lansdale school complained, North Penn School District officials said Taylor had missed the point. In a statement Wednesday, the district said that while it does not promote religion, it does aim to "advance students' knowledge and appreciation of the roles that religious and cultural heritage have played in" the development of society.