School Beauty Pageant Canceled After Online Protest
Outraged parents from the Indian Land Elementary School staged an online protest after their kids came home with fliers advertising the school beauty pageant.
The pageant which was originally set for October 20 is a search for a “warrior king and queen” who will be representing the school during their events. According to the flier, the contestants would be judged on “facial beauty, sparkling personality and overall appeal.” Awards include “best eyes, best hair, best smile, best dressed, and most beautiful.”
One parent Dave Dodson set up a Facebook page and a Change.org petition to rally some parents against the school’s “Warrior Beauty Pageant”.
“We try to teach our children that there’s much more than someone’s outside appearance,” Dodson explained to WSOC-TV. “I think that kids get enough pressure today to look a certain way, to act a certain way, without bringing something like this in, that is being promoted and is tied to the school, I don’t think that’s right.”
After the event was canceled, a group of other parents were equally outraged.
“This is not ‘Honey Boo Boo Child.’ This is not ‘Toddlers and Tiaras.’ This is an opportunity for the children to come up, shine, and be themselves on stage,” pageant organizer Tracy Hyland told WBTV. “As a parent – watching my child go across the stage – it’s wonderful. Let’s think about the other activities children do – football, dance, soccer, swimming, ice-skating – all of those things are judged.”