This day in WND history: 4th-graders ‘celebrate’ the dead

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4th-graders ‘celebrate’ the dead

Oct. 22, 2002: Fourth-graders at McNear Elementary in Petaluma, California, celebrated the dead in a week-long classroom ritual designed to simulate the Mexican holiday “El Dia de los Muertos,” or Day of the Dead.

“They’re crossing the line. This is a religious ritual,” one outraged parent told WND. “They can teach about it, but they’re not supposed to be celebrating.”

The Christian parent, who did not wish to be named, kept her daughter out of school all week to avoid the event.

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“I have the right to send my daughter to school to learn math, reading and writing without having a religious ritual shoved down her throat,” she said.

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