Schools ban kids from dressing as Squid Game characters over ‘violent messages’

Three primary schools have banned pupils from dressing up as Squid Game characters this Halloween due to the 'violent messages' the outfits give off.

Headteachers from Mott Road, Enders Road and Fayetteville Elementary schools in New York have written to parents explaining the reasons behind the ban.

Squid Game, now the most watched Netflix show of all time, follows a group of people competing in violent games for money. The losers in the show are culled by creepy mask-wearing men.

The letter addressed to parents of Mott Road pupils read: "Due to concerns about the potential violent nature of the game, it is inappropriate for recess play or discussion at school.

"Additionally, a Halloween costume from this show does not meet our school costume guidelines due to the potential violent message aligned with the costume."

Speaking to CNY Central Dr Craig Tice, superintendent of the school district where the three schools are, explained that costumes relating to other violent films and shows – such as Friday 13th – have already been banned.

"Our principals wanted to make sure our families are aware that it would be inappropriate for any student to wear to school a Halloween costume from this show because of the potential violent messages aligned with the costume," he said.

"They also wanted families to be aware that some of our younger students are talking about and mimicking aspects of the show/game at school so parents and guardians would have the opportunity to speak with their children themselves about it."

Although retailers have started to produce Squid Game costumes en masse following the show's skyrocketing popularity, the National Retail Federation revealed last month that the most popular kids costumes remain non-violent.

Spider-Man was the most popular choice with an estimated 1.8 million kids looking to don the famous red and blue this year.

Princess costumes came in second, Batman third and any other superhero in fourth.

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