Father-daughter dances, mother-son ball games banned in RI school district

CRANSTON, R.I. - Father-daughter dances and mother-son ball games are now banned in a Rhode Island school district.

That's because the American Civil Liberties Union has declared the events are in violation of the state's gender discrimination laws.

Last year, it was a prayer mural at Cranston West High School that put Cranston on stage, both statewide and nationally.

Now, there's another complaint of unfairness in Cranston schools.

A mother complained to the American Civil Liberties Union that her daughter felt left out of a father-daughter dance because she doesn't have a father or a father figure in her life.

So Cranston superintendent of schools banned father-daughter and mother-son activities.

"I truly believe that no one intended to hurt anyone's feelings with this, that they wanted to be inclusive but they also like to traditional type activities," Judith Lundsten, superintendent of Cranston schools.

The ACLU issued a statement regarding the issue, saying, "Public schools have no business fostering the notion that girls prefer to go to formal dances while boys prefer baseball games. This type of gender stereotyping only perpetuates outdated notions of 'girl' and 'boy' activities and is contrary to federal law."