Many a woman fondly remembers a father-daughter dinner dance on a night that made her feel like a princess. Girls whose fathers were serving in the service, couldn’t get time off from work, had passed away or had left the family had uncles, family friends, even teachers step in on the special night.

Now, however, the all-important “I” word (“inclusive”) has attacked the long tradition and led a principal and PTO to cancel the event at a Columbia, South Carolina elementary school.

Brockman Elementary in Forest Acres, S.C. has held a Father-Daughter Dance every spring for the past five years, raising $2,000 for the Parent-Teacher Organization in the process, but this year, a few parents contacted the school district complaining that the dinner-dance is “not inclusive.”

Richland One School District Communications Director Karen York told reporters, “The principal is in communication with those parents that raised concerns about the father-daughter dance, as well as the vast majority of the other parents at the school,” but the event had already been cancelled and the money collected from ticket sales returned. - Columbia, South Carolina
York said the school makes “an extra effort to be all-inclusive” and points out that the flyer that was posted clearly states that anyone is allowed to attend.

“There were a few parents that did not think the father-daughter dance was inclusive, when actually, it was never an event exclusive to only fathers and daughters. Mothers and anyone else who wanted to show up at the dance were certainly welcome to attend.”

Other parents were speaking out about the cancellation, which they said was the result of “less than ten parents” complaining about the event, and making plans to hold a private father-daughter dinner-dance.

School officials are also considering a dance on the same night the father-daughter event was to have taken place, as “The Brockman Ball” to underscore that it is “all-inclusive.”

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