Elementary schools ban “Squid Game” Halloween costumes

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • A New York-area school district has banned “Squid Game” Halloween costumes due to “potential violent messages.”
  • A schhol district superintendent said “younger students are talking about and mimicking aspects of the show/game at school.”
  • “Squid Game costumes” are among the top 10 most-Instagrammed Halloween looks this week.

Multiple elementary schools in New York have banned Halloween costumes that depict characters from the hit Netflix show “Squid Game.  It cited its mature content and violence.

Netflix’s biggest hit series is about a group of financially struggling adults in South Korea playing deadly, gory versions of children’s games in hopes of winning a cash prize.

The superintendent of the Fayetteville-Manlius School District told CBS News in a statement that school principals “wanted to make sure our families are aware that it would be inappropriate for any student to wear to school a Halloween costume from this show because of the potential violent messages aligned with the costume.” 

Parents were informed of the decision in an email, a spokesperson for the school said. 

Under the Fayetteville-Manlius School District’s guidelines, Halloween costumes with items “that can be interpreted as weapons” like toy swords or guns, and costumes that are “too gory or scary” are not allowed at school events, Superintendent Dr. Craig Tice told CBS News in the statement. 

Tice said some students have been reenacting games from the show at recess. Principals have asked families to speak with their children and “reinforce the school message that games associated with violent behavior are not appropriate for recess.”

Some parents said the school’s crackdown on costumes is “overbearing,” CBS New York reported. 

Other schools have also issued warnings regarding the suitability of the show’s content for children. Earlier this month, Central Integrated Primary School in the United Kingdom warned parents to “please be aware of what your children are accessing.” 

Bay District Schools in Panama City, Florida, issued a similar statement. 

“Some children are trying to replicate show scenes at school but what sounds harmless is not actually harmless because the game in the television show includes “elimination” (death) and we are seeing kids trying to actually hurt each other in the name of this ‘game,'” the district said.

A school in Ireland and a school in Spain have also banned “Squid Game” costumes, according to CBS New York. 

With the show’s popularity and worker shortages, getting a “Squid Game” costume in time for Halloween may be challenging. Because many outlets selling the item ship from Asia, costumes may not arrive in time unless customers pay extra for expedited shipping.

Source: CBS News

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