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Some Schools Promote Anti-Bullying In Place Of Wearing Halloween Costumes

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Did you ever wear your Halloween costume to school? For many schools those days are over. Did you ever wear your Halloween costume to school? For many schools those days are over.
NBCRightNow.com - Did you ever wear your Halloween costume to school? For many schools those days are over.

It's not exactly to downplay the fun of the day but to create a better learning environment according to district officials. We found out Friday across the Tri-Cities the school districts have no policies that ban costumes on Halloween and leave decision making up to principals and superintendents. It's partially an effort to stomp out bullying.

"I think that they again kind of limit it to a certain time frame and choose wisely. Like I said they do have, most schools have some kind of a spirit week so they'll often do it around those themes," said Leslee Caul who works as Spokeswoman for Pasco Schools.

From Pasco over to Richland spirit is alive in the classroom. At Jason Lee Elementary the kids are learning sometimes the best Halloween spirit is to stomp out bullying.

"We're also using it in a humorous way versus in a mean way so we teach the difference. The difference between a joke where someone is laughing with you versus an insult that's hurting someone's feelings," said Brian Neill a counselor at the school.

Spirit day allows kids to do crazy hair, but not costumes. Most kids wear all blue to show their support.  Faculty believe sometimes costumes give kids something more to bully each other about. 
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