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article imageWisconsin Community Freaks Out In Response To Elementary School Dress-up Day

By Nikki Weingartner     Apr 7, 2008 in Lifestyle
Radio stations give angry reactionary air time on nine stations in response to local elementary school closing out their annual celebratory "Wacky Week" with students being given the option to dress up as the opposite gender or a senior citizen.
Last Friday, a local resident of Reedsburg, Wisconsin, northwest of Madison, called the Voice of Christian Youth America and complained about elementary students dressing up as the opposite sex.
Pineview Elementary students in Reedsburg have celebrated Wacky Week every year by dressing in costume, with daily themes. This years finale was to dress up as the opposite gender or as a senior citizen.
According to a news report, the former choice enraged the Christian community enough to stop regular programming on nine radio stations long enough to criticize the school district for promoting alternative lifestyles such as transgenderism.
In a quote from the news report, the program director of the radio network stated
"We believe it's the wrong message to send to elementary students. Our station is one that promotes traditional family values. It concerns us when a school district strikes at the heart and core of the Biblical values. To promote this to elementary-school students is a great error."
In response to the allegations of transgender promotion, school district administrator Tom Benson was taken aback. The whole event was just to add some fun into the regular curriculm.
The school's principal said
"It's different every year. They basically present the ideas, and they vote on what they would like from Monday through Friday... They did not mean anything by this day. They were trying to have fun and come up with a fun dress-up day."
Less than half of the children actually participated in the student dress up day, and only half of those opted for the choice of dressing like the opposite gender.
According to the elementary school's principal, a flier was sent home announcing the week's dress-up options and there were no objections prior to Friday's radio programming of the event.
It is unknown whether the calls that came into the district regarding the promotion of alternative lifestyles via this event were from actual parents of the students or from radio listeners. However, if parents were the ones privy to the flyers and dressed their student's accordingly, an educated guess could provide an educated answer.
Sadly, the students will not have this choice of costumes in the future due to religious extremism and extrapolation of meaning.
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