Friday, July 15, 2005

Ignorance in schools??
Well, at least it's not coming from our students.
This bit, comes from the parents (who've never read the HP books) as well as the local church in their area (same as above).
A primary school has been forced to cancel 'Harry Potter Day', over complaints that it could lead children into "evil".
Pupils at The Holt Primary School in Lincolnshire were planning to celebrate the launch of the new JK Rowling book, Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, by dressing up as witches and wizards.
The event was called off after the school received letters from parents and a local rector, worried about concerns over witchcraft.
Headteacher Paul Martin wrote to parents saying: "When I received a letter from the rector which suggested that I was 'seeking to lead our children into areas of evil', I felt that the situation was escalating disproportionately."
The Reverend Richard Billingshurst, who sent the letter admitted he had not read any of the books but had seen the Harry Potter films.
He said: "If people start going around casting spells on their neighbours because they don't know what they are doing, they are heading into dangerous waters."
Nigel Shier said his son Matthew was upset when told the Harry Potter day of magical maths and spelling invention had been cancelled.
"My son is autistic and was really looking forward to the day. Where do we draw the line? Are we going to ban schools from putting on Shakespeare's Macbeth because it features witches?"

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