ARZIZONA TEACHER SUSPENDED FOR WEARING A DEVIL COSTUME TO SCHOOL ON HALLOWEEN DAY
So Halloween 2023 has come and gone. It didn’t seem to be too freaky in a negative way this year in the US, though maybe I just haven’t read enough disturbing news yet. But still, considering how politicized holidays in America have been recently, it went pretty well. But there are still some prurient squares who take themselves waaaaaay too seriously, and Arizona seems to have taken the prize for that this year. How else can you describe a suspended teacher who earned that privilege simply for wearing a devil costume to school on Halloween?
TEACHER WORE COSTUME FOR STUDENT ENGAGEMENT, BUT ON CHRISTIAN STUDENT WASN’T HAVING IT
And to make matters even more ridiculous, we’re not talking elementary or middle school. We’re talking High School! The teacher is reported as saying that “Participating in spirit weeks like this is a way for me to engage with my students and bring fun to my classroom. It’s truly not any more complicated than that.” Well, I would tend to agree with this unnamed teacher in general. But then religious politics kicked into gear, with a mildly connected student’s father. Let’s just say that some Christians these days like to make waves whenever they have an excuse to stand on the privilege of their faith. Or, in shorter form, you just can’t devil them. At all. You’ll get suspended.
WEARING A DEVIL COSTUME HAS BEEN DONE FOR OVER 1,000 YEARS, BUT NOW IT WILL GET YOU SUSPENDED FROM SCHOOL?
Halloween is all about silly, supposedly non-denominational fun that goes back more generations than I care to count. And a devil costume has been traditional wear fare on All Hallows Eve for more than a millennial. For you millennials out there, that means over a thousand years. But sophomore Nathaniel Hamlet didn’t like the teacher’s antics, especially anywhere near him. And when the teacher didn’t stop, Nathaniel decided to get his daddy involved. And daddy is none other than former Mesa Public School Board candidate Chris Hamlet, who then went and tattytaled to the high school principal, getting the teacher suspended.
Chris seems to think that if you keep church and state separate -meaning no school prayer every day- then you gotta keep the devil out of the details, too. Even on Halloween. And no, there’s no word if anyone (has ever) dressed as Jesus Christ on Halloween in Arizona, never mind gotten suspended for it. Arizona is hot, I suppose. Really hot. Hmmmm. And yes, that is more than a casually mixed metaphor.