School Districts' Hypocritical Move Sends Parents Over The Edge [Video]
Parents in the Chandler Unified School District in Arizona are livid and for a good reason. Schools in the district pushed to restrict attendance at graduation but completely abolished prom due to COVID-19. That's not the only thing that has parents upset. The schools then decided to hold a retirement party for a member of the faculty. It was a slap in the face to students and one mom had plenty to say about it on Sunday during an interview with Fox News.
"Parents felt like the district just took a page out of the Marie Antoinette playbook there and said, ‘Let the seniors eat cake,’" Jennifer Alvey told "Fox & Friends Weekend" on Sunday.
Alvey, a mother of 5, roasted the school system for their tone-deaf move. She noted that seniors will not have a prom and are only allowed to invite two guests to their graduation, "which means most kids can't even include their immediate family in their graduation ceremony, one of the big events of their life."
"But we're also OK with going ahead and having a reception with food, buses, transporting guests in [with] everyone in close quarters on those buses, to celebrate our retiring superintendent," Alvey added.
She then noted that "we would want to celebrate our retiring superintendent, but we also as parents don't understand the double standard, why the district has certain things that are OK for the adults in the district and then the kids' interest in the district are getting entirely overlooked for the seniors."
The Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) in Chandler, Arizona, is hosting a retirement party for Superintendent Dr. Camille Casteel, the Daily Wire reported, noting that "a concerned parent group" told the outlet that a reception will be held and guests are allowed to bring four additional guests. The media outlet also noted that guests will be bused into the party using shuttles.
The same school board that is sponsoring the retirement party has reportedly also canceled the district’s high school prom and limited guests for the graduation ceremony.
"We want to be a team with our school district. We want to be a team with the people who we trust, who watch out for our kids' best interest," Alvey said on Sunday.
She then noted that "as we have gone, especially through the last year and looked at a lot of the decision making that's come down, none of it has been with reference to what is best for the kids, for their growth, for their development, for their emotional, physical well-being."
"It has very much been an entirely different conversation than anything you would expect from an industry that's in charge of educating and supporting our children into adulthood," Alvey continued.
A spokesperson with the Chandler Unified School District did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. However, the Daily Wire reported spokesman Terry Locke said the event is outdoors and masks will be required.