By Karen Ritter Multnomapac county library’s Halloween costume contest, which ran in late October, attracted a lot of attention and criticism.
But it wasn’t until this week that the county council decided to remove the costume contest from its website.
The county council said it will take the costume away “until the event has been reviewed and approved by the Multnomagans Office of Community Engagement.”
In a statement to KGW-TV, the county said the costume had created an unsafe environment.
“The costume had no regard for the safety of the people in the building, and the costumes did not reflect the diversity of our community,” the statement said.
The costume contest was created by the local chapter of the Multicultural Community Alliance (MCAA), which promotes multiculturalism in the community.
The contest was open to students, faculty and staff.
It ran for five weeks from October 5 through October 16.
In the event of a costume contest involving the school or a nonprofit organization, the council said, the costumes would be judged and approved within 24 hours of their submission.
A representative for the county library said the contest was never intended to be a “toy” contest.
It was meant to be fun, said Lynn Crouse, the chair of the county’s board of education.
She said the event was “just one small part of the day when we teach our students about the history and cultures of our county, and about our shared values.”
But Crouse said the county did not provide any “toys” for the contest.
She also said the costumes were “totally inappropriate” and did not represent the diversity in the county.
The council said in a statement that it will “review all aspects of the event and determine whether it should be reinstated.”
It said the “unintended consequences of the costume competition” could include “a delay in school hours, a reduction in staff, reduced academic offerings and a decrease in public safety.”
The council’s decision came after a group of students posted comments to Facebook, calling for the council to review the event.
The comments called for “a public discussion about the costume, the decision to allow the contest and the repercussions of its outcome.”
The post came after the Multan County Board of Education voted to ban the Halloween costume on Oct. 12.
The school district said the school would be able to continue with its normal schedule and allow Halloween parties to continue.
The Multnomadans Office for Community Engagements reviewed the costume and determined it did not meet the requirements for the event, the board said.
“This event was not authorized by the county, the school district or any elected official, and it was not approved by any of the local councils,” the school board said in an email to KVLY.
The letter also said that the school did not participate in the contest because it was “too busy.”
“In light of the concerns raised, the Multani-MCAA is working to revise the costume policy for Multnoma County Library,” the district said in the letter.
“Our goal is to have the costume reinstated by Halloween, and we will continue to work with our partners to work toward that goal.”
The Multani MCAA has a chapter in the city of Portland, Oregon, and is located in the University District.
The group’s website states that its goal is “to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment in which students can thrive academically, culturally, emotionally and socially.”
The group was formed in 2010 by the parents of a Multnomaphane school student who was sexually assaulted in 2012.
The family said the assailant used his school resources to “promote an environment of hate and discrimination.”
The school board declined to comment on the matter.
The MCAA has not returned a request for comment.