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‘Squid Game’: New York Schools Ban Elementary School Students From Dressing Up as Netflix Hit Show’s Characters

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Prior to Halloween celebrations this weekend, New York schools have prohibited children from dressing up in "Squid Game" costumes that depict characters from the hit Netflix show Squid Game due to its mature and violent content. (Photo: Benzinga)

“Squid Game” currently holds the title for being the most-watched original series airing on the streaming giant Netflix. However, there remains a huge debate over whether children should be enabled to be fans of the mini-series.

The Korean show is breaking viewership records on the entertainment platform. As the dystopian and morbid show makes waves online, the question posed is this: Is it alright for children to watch or partake in the Squid Game culture practically everywhere right now?

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Prior to Halloween celebrations, this weekend, New York schools have prohibited children from dressing up in “Squid Game” costumes that depict characters from the hit Netflix show Squid Game due to its mature and violent content. (Photo: Netflix)

Reports indicated that New York schools have pointed out the show’s brutality and maturity as the reason to not acknowledge elementary school students to imitate the appearance of the characters as their Halloween costumes. The mini-series was written and directed by Hwang Dong-Hyuk and is Netflix’s largest series launch. It underscores the stark contrast between the rich and the poor. It revolves around financially indebted South Koreans who are in dire need of money.

‘Not Suitable for Children to Watch’

The violence in the drama has piqued the attention of parents across the globe. At least three schools in New York have recently declared the prohibition in order to not incite violence. According to NY’s Fayetteville-Manlius School District supervisor Craig Tice, the school district declared the rules on Sunday prior to Halloween. Students were banned from wearing “frightening” clothing and what could appear as weapons, reported News Directory 3.

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Elementary Schools That Implemented Such Policy

Mott Road, Enders Road, and Fayetteville elementary school principals declared the directive in an e-mail to parents. They also informed the parents of the games children were playing mimicking the show’s child play during their lunch break. According to Fayetteville-Manlius School District Superintendent Craig Tice, “Because of this activity, 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,” reported Scary Mommy. They would like for families to be aware that the younger pupils are imitating and mimicking aspects of the show’s games on the school’s premises.

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