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EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Eastchester High School students have been provided guidelines concerning appropriate costumes in school for Halloween.
"We ask students not to wear religious costumes out of respect for other faiths, not to wear costumes associated with race to avoid insult, and not to dress as the opposite gender for the same reason," Eastchester principal Jeff Capuano said in a statement.
Superintendent Dr. Walter Mora said in a statement the guidelines are "intended to ensure that it would be a productive educational day for our high school students."
"Costumes that include weapons of any kind, masks which cover a student's face or prevent them from being recognized, and costumes that include ethnic or religious subjects are not allowed," Mora said. "Included as well was that students should not 'cross-dress' as a Halloween costume.
"Let me be clear that any student has the absolute right to cross-dress any day or days, and the school respects that student's personal decision. In an effort to respect the race, religion and gender of our students, we believe that Halloween costumes should not make light of this."
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