Utah primary school tells the students that they need to be ‘yes’ when asked to dance on Valentine’s Day party

Natalie Richard Fox 13 she was shocked to hear that her daughter is in the sixth grade, couldn’t say no to someone who asked her to dance at an upcoming Valentine’s day event.

(Fox 13 Salt Lake City)

A Utah mother is concerned after finding her child could not refuse a classmate’s invitation to dance at a Valentine’s day school party, because it would be against the school rules.

Natalie Richard, whose daughter is in sixth grade at Kanesville Elementary in Weber County, told Fox 13 Salt Lake City that she was shocked to hear that her child and tell her that she couldn’t tell me, a fellow-student “no” when he asked her to dance at the upcoming event.

Confused, Richard told her daughter that she was “misunderstanding” the situation is, because “that’s not how it is.”

The daughter of the teacher, however, confirmed to Richard that, in fact, her daughter “has to say yes” and “accept” such a proposal.

Still worried, Richard took her fate at the head of the school, who “basically just said that they had the dance set up this way for a long time and she never had any concern.”

A spokesman for the Weber School District told the news station that in an attempt to “foster kindness” the government wants the students “to say yes when someone asks you to dance.”


But Richard, who said that she understands their perspective, said that forcing children to do something they do not want to do, it sends the wrong message.

“There are many other ways to teach children how to accept with a social dance,” Richard said. “It sends a bad message to girls that girls have to say ‘yes’; sends a bad message for boys is that girls are not able to say ‘no’.”


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In anticipation of the voluntary dance, and the students can choose from five other students, they want to dance on a map, Fox 13 reported. The district says that if a student is nice to have one of these five people, “that is certainly something that can be addressed with the student and the parents.”

Richard also expressed their concerns about the district not inform parents of the policy, and suggested sending home a permission slip with information and instructions that the client allegedly agreed.

But Richard ultimately of the opinion that this is teaching her daughter the wrong lesson.

“Psychologically, my daughter loves comes to me and says: I can’t say ‘no’ to a boy,” Richard told the station. “That is the message children get.”

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