The Grinch who Wants to Steal Halloween


Little trick-or-treaters who reside in Fargo, ND had better beware of the Grinch who wants to steal Halloween.  Instead of candy she wants to hand out the following:

This is horribly wrong for so many reasons.  First of all, unless she’s psychic, there is no way to tell anyone’s health just by looking at him/her.  A child who appears “obese” can be very physically active and healthy.  On the other hand, a child who’s slender can be an unhealthy video playing couch potato.  If she doesn’t want to hand out candy because of the sugar content, that’s one thing.  It’s something else entirely different to select who gets a treat and who gets a shaming letter based on appearance.

Secondly, who the hell is she to tell parents what to do with their children?  Such discussions should be between the parent and the kid’s doctor.  It may take a village to raise a child but it only takes one “well meaning” Grinch to destroy his/her self-esteem.

I hope her heart grows 3 sizes tonight and that she decides against handing out the letters.  But if it doesn’t, I hope her house gets egged and TP’d or that she’s visited by very angry parents.  Because children should be encouraged, not shamed.. and especially not on a fun night like Halloween.

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