Massachusetts Preschool Tells Kids They Can’t Say ‘Best Friend’

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By Rob Shimshock

A mother has taken her four-year-old daughter out of a Massachusetts preschool after the school told her she could not say the term “best friend,” according to a Thursday report.

Christine Hartwell withdrew her daughter Julia from Pentucket Workshop Preschool in Georgetown, Mass. after the school told her she could not use the term, according to CBS News.

“[Julia] said, you know, ‘so-and-so, you’re my best buddy,’” the mother told CBS. “The teacher told her that she couldn’t say that there in school.”

Pentucket told Julia’s parents that it wants to “foster inclusion” and that the term “best friend” “can lead other children to feel excluded” and create outsiders and cliques.

The mother took Julia out of school, but noted that the school’s policy has impacted her child’s instincts.

“Even now she goes to say it in a loving way; ‘I’m going to go see my best friend Charlie,’” Christine said. “And she looks at me sideways as she’s saying it and she’s checking in with me to see if that language is okay.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Pentucket for comment but received none in time for press.

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