Parents Are Outraged Over School’s Decision to Move Forward with Controversial Play
Michigan parents have been outraged over the past few weeks because of North Farmington High School’s planned spring production of “Carrie: The Musical.” Although there have been major objections from parents in the community, the school fully intends to move forward with its unique play.
Many claim that the play, based on Stephen King’s 1976 novel Carrie, is too vulgar, violent, and inappropriate for a high school audience. School administrators not only maintain that the musical is perfectly appropriate, but also hope that its message will be clear: stop bullying in schools.
The original story follows Carrie, a teenage girl who has telekinetic powers and is bullied by her peers and her religiously fanatic mother. The eerie story ends with a mass murder in the high school gym.
Many parents believe that the play’s violence will be insensitive and profane, given that the audience has not yet hit adulthood. However, others have taken a stance on the portrayal of religion in the original story, and subsequently the school’s play. According to Detroit outlet The Oakland Press, some believe that the musical will perpetuate negative stereotypes often associated with fundamentalist Christians through Carrie’s mother.
According to The Oakland Press, local parent Tom Adams said at a recent school board meeting, “You are welcome to think of our high school students as worldly and complex, but you are not allowed to think of them as adults. They are still children, even at that age.”
The school’s administrators disagree, suggesting that this play may force students to think twice before bullying. It may open their eyes and show them just how hurt students feel when they are constantly bullied.
“It pushes the notion of anti-bullying through a fantastical lens,” Principal Joe Greene told the Detroit Free Press. “It’s a look at difficult topics and engages people into thinking about it.”
High school senior, Katherine Violet Harvath, who is in the show, told The Oakland Press that she agrees with the school’s decision to perform Carrie.
“The cast and crew have had our eyes opened to try and make a change in the world to stop the idea of bullying,” she said.
The school will move forward with the production of “Carrie: The Musical,” which will take place in early May.
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