CRANSTON, Rhode Island (WJAR) - A school superintendent has ended the district's father-daughter dances to comply with a state gender discrimination law, prompting some to say it is political correctness gone overboard.
The ACLU complaint in May came on behalf of a single mother whose daughter had no father in her life but was precluded from attending the father-daughter dance.
"Not everybody has a mother, for whatever reason, not because they passed away, divorce, some people have lost custody for whatever reason and Grandma and Grandpa are, and I don't want any child to ever feel embarrassed about who their family is," said parent Robyn Ladouceur.
Cranston was also the site of an emotionally charged, months-long battle over a prayer banner at a local high school.
The banner was ruled unconstitutional and ordered removed by a federal judge after a lawsuit was filed by the ACLU on behalf of a student-atheist at the school.
Ladouceur says fathers and daughters can still take photos and dance togther, as can other family members, so no one will miss out on memories.