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Mayor: "Utterly Disappointed" with Father-Daughter Dance Ban

Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung implored the district to "review this decision and find a way to make this work for the children and their parents."

Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung issued a statement in which he said he's "utterly dissapointed" that the school district has banned father-daughter dances.

"I am utterly disappointed to have such a time-honored tradition under attack in the name of political correctness.  Traditions like this are what make up the fabric of our childhood memories and definitely contribute to the well being of our children as a whole," Fung said.

The district banned the dances at the start of the school year after school district lawyers concluded they violated state gender discrimination laws. The review was sparked by a letter sent to the district by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union after a parent contacted them with a complaint.

"In the zeal to protect people who feel they are being disenfranchised, this policy has completely denied our children of one of the most cherished traditions in their school experience.  I sympathize with these parents because it seems once again that Cranston is at the epicenter of another attack on our traditions by the ACLU," he said.

The mayor's office has been flooded with calls from upset parents since the school district decided to ban gender-specific events like the father daughter's dance. The mayor acknowledged that he has no legal authority over the issue, but he implored the school district "to review this decision and find a way to make this work for children and parents."

"I encourage all parents that are upset with this decision to contact their School Committee members and make their voices be heard," Fung said.

Donna C September 18, 2012 at 05:28 PM
ignorant people ruin it for everyone everywhere, not just Cranston. This stupidity is happening all over the country I am sure.
Paul September 18, 2012 at 05:30 PM
That law is ridiculous as a dance isn't discriminatory. No wonder why the school department is a hot mess. Just scared of another issue like the west banner....maybe we should change the mascot for west too...don't want the animal activist to complain about that. Someone might like the use of Falcon....get a grip on life and don't let ignorant people ruin life. Life is too short.
KAREN September 18, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Mike I think you ROCK I will so vote for you.. Thank's for the smile..
Jerry September 18, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Attorney Ruggieri, Unless the the student was excluded from attending the dance, how exactly was she discriminated against?
Donna C September 18, 2012 at 05:35 PM
maybe we should change the school colors too, as I am sure they offend someone. Maybe using West and East is offensive. Where does it stop??? That is the problem. The atheist opened the door, now everything is susceptible.
susanne evans September 18, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I just told my grown daughters of this..they are both very unhappy! Father/daughter dances are special and our oldest daughter is moving back to RI and was looking forward to the dances with her kids <son/mom/dad/daughter> We have gays bringing their partners ,I do not care, but we can't have an old fashioned dance event??? Enough already of this nonsense! If people don't like it don't go!
Frank Rizzo September 18, 2012 at 06:36 PM
just vote all the current school committee OUT, they are not working for the people
Sage-RI September 18, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Just for the record, Ms. DiPina lives in South County.
RIresident September 18, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Ditto. could someone pls explain the law and how it isn't followed?
Joe Richer September 18, 2012 at 08:25 PM
<sarcasm on) It seems to me that this law allows boys to play field hockey on the girl's team. Steve Brown - wake up - boys rights are being violated and the future of the Republic is at stake. <Sarcasm off>
Robert Farebrother September 18, 2012 at 09:42 PM
It's the ACLU. These issues just happen to be in Cranston.
Tim Donovan September 18, 2012 at 09:42 PM
That's a great solution. It's heartbreaking for a girl to sit out when dad isn't in the picture - whether deployed, deceased, or disinterested. Ladie's Choice is a great idea!
Tim Donovan September 18, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Love it!
Tim Donovan September 18, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I like the Ladies Choice or Boys Choice optionns. Seems simple to me.
TruthHonorValor September 18, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Wow Frank Rizzo, what an unintelligent reply. Perhaps the school committee should be voted out because we have to pay taxes and aren't supposed to speed! You are truly waving your banner of ignorance. The law is the law and is decided by legislator, judges and lawyers. The School Committee doesn't make the laws, but it decides policy based on them. Instead of attacking the School Committee, go after the legislators and judges who cause this mess. I think you should be fired from whatever you do because you voted for the legislators who caused the problem in the first place.
TruthHonorValor September 18, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I think we should have the Father Daughter dance as well, but let's place blame where the blame is due.
TruthHonorValor September 18, 2012 at 11:19 PM
The Mayor is utterly disappointed because of the position that the laws, judges and lawyers have left us in. You can't fight it because you will lose because the judges minds are already made up, but if the School Committee doesn't fight it because they know that they can't win and it will cost money, then they are the bad guys. WAKE UP CRANSTON! You are fighting the wrong enemy! Vote for state legislators who will represent the people and appoint judges who will not let the ACLU bully you, me the school committee or anybody else any more! Remember, it's the ACLU that is promoting civil oppression, and the denial and termination of our time-honored traditions, and it is the legal system and the legislators who are supporting them. Shame on you Mayor! You are a lawyer and know that the School Administration and School Committe aren't to blame for any of this, yet you and your toadies play politics (of course, because it is an election year and you want to run everything and turn Cranston into Fungston).
Pete Delvecchio September 18, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Then what was the reason the Boy Scouts of America could not speak to the kids at Cranston Elementary Schools? I know. Teaching things like patriotism, being repsectful to the environment, leadership are all bad things and the school could be sued for that as well. I was lucky to have attended every father/daughter dance that Orchard Farms PTO put on. There were times when a father was not there and was brought by a single mom etc. Really. it was no big deal to any of the dads and the ladies were not refused tickets. Full Disclsoure: I am the pack leader for Pack 12 in Cranston. We were allowed to send out flyers. Peter Nero let the council speak. No one was sued.
Pete Delvecchio September 18, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Then modify the law and instruct all PTO's that they cannot exclude someone who wants to buy a ticket. They didn't need a directive at Orchard Farms for that. There were some years where the moms took the daughters for various reasons. No one cared. The kids had fun.
Joe Jones September 19, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Touche' Mike...
David Englund September 19, 2012 at 03:02 AM
I am so PISSED OFF RIGHT NOW....I have waited my entire adult life to have children, my wife and I traveled to Russia twice and came home with 2 little helpless souls that needed us, and we needed them too! We have done our best at being pa rents, we're not perfect but we try hard to make their life 100% full. I'm on an email list with my daughters school (Alina is 7 years old) and I asked them over 3 months ago "why is there no Father/Daughter Dance in the schedule?" they did not respond with an answer...meanwhile on Facebook I've seen good friends take their daughters to their Father/Daughter Dance and kept scratching my head thinking "what is going on with Cranston?"...the news this morning has me spitting nails... I am getting the courage up to dance with Alina on the City Hall lawn every night for a week - I know this sounds crazy, and I don't know if I'm this kind of protester, Alina certainly is though! (bless her heart) I told her tonight about the news and she was sad..... I asked Alina "Do you want to dance?" she said "I can't now, it's against the law" I want to plan an attack on this tradition, if any Dad's are interested in helping me plan this, contact me: david@englundstudio.com -David Englund
Suzanne September 19, 2012 at 03:32 AM
It would have been sweet to have danced with my dad, but he is dead now. War sucks.
William Brank September 19, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Well then I can use the girls bathroom under your law...
William Brank September 19, 2012 at 10:37 AM
And Joe, republicanism is dead in RI, when you give into federal will and open up nationalism, you are now slaves to the federal government. Republicanism is localism. The most powerful government is better when its the one closest to the people who are making the laws. RI and its progressives have taken a wrecking ball to republicanism.
Nikki Coppa September 19, 2012 at 10:41 AM
It is not what the name of the dance is, it is that only girls in the school are invited.
William Brank September 19, 2012 at 10:57 AM
When your money comes from the federal government for your education, (meaning some guy in upstate Montana pays for the kids you cant afford), you have to follow the federal rules. Not bad for a sovereign state who never sent any delegates to the original constitutional convention. Good thing for the Sovereign Plantations of Rhode Island they included them anyway... Mike you can do nothing without the feds...
William Brank September 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM
You want to fight this stuff, educate yourself. The progressivs have taken your right to fight and given away your sovereignty to the federal system. It was never intended to be this way. Why would they have thrown off the yoke of the king only to give all of your power to a national all seeing power in a far away city, washington? You have to get off the federal dole and you will never of it with progressives and democrats...
William Brank September 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Sorry dave to hear. Its a failure all over the rust belt. Are you ready to vote with your feet? Everyone who wants to control their own lives has and left this state to the progressives. With their craddle to grave control over your life you have no say. You might have been better off staying in russia, they are taking up what made us the greatest country the world has ever seen by not using statism, liberalism and progressivism...
Jeff Berard September 20, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Riiiiiight.... Because banning father-daughter dances is a cornerstone of the liberal agenda. You really want to know what's wrong with this country? It's pretty simple actually; as a society we've become Fat, Ignorant, Selfish and Lazy. Until we turn off the FOX News, the Monday Night Football, and put down the 64oz. BIG GULP from the 7-11 we buy to wash down the Big Mac while we rush out to buy the next iPhone, things are only going to get worse. Or perhaps it might have something to do with a country preoccupied with trying to live in the 1950's with their father-daughter dances instead of educating our children so they can compete in the real world as it stands right now and how it's going to be in the next 50 years. But hey, what do I know? I'm just another progressive interesting in wearing my Mao Jacket to the next hate rally. Fools.
Doug Tarnopol September 21, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Bingo, Janice. Furthermore, the applicable federal law (Title IX) only allows exceptions if there are "comparable" events for the other gender. Seems to me that a family dance would solve everything, as is the case around the state, so I've briefly gathered. I don't really understand why the whole thing had to be cancelled -- just open it up to all. Not even "Ladies' Choice" -- just a family dance. Everyone who wants to continue the daddy-daughter thing can continue it, just without the illegal imprimatur of the school. Which is just socially obnoxious as well as illegal -- why in god's name would anyone want to exclude anybody in a schooling situation? Fung's just grandstanding. There's an election coming up. Or perhaps he really doesn't get it. Not sure which is worse, frankly.

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