'Squid Game' costumes banned at some schools due to 'potential violent message'

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Fans pose in costumes from the series "Squid Game" by the streaming provider Netflix. Photo credit Rolf Vennenbernd/dpa/Sipa USA
By , WCBS Newsradio 880

Some elementary schools across New York State are banning students from dressing up in Halloween costumes that depict characters from Netflix’s hit show, “Squid Game.”

According to reports from The Washington Post and CBS News, parents at three elementary schools near Syracuse received emails this week saying children have been observed playing a version of “Squid Game,” which is intended only for mature audiences, as the show depicts several violent and graphic scenes.

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“Due to concerns about the potential violent nature of the game, it is inappropriate for recess play or discussion at school,” said an email to Mott Road Elementary School parents, which was obtained by the Post.

Craig Tice, superintendent of the Fayetteville-Manlius School District, told CBS News that school principals have already told parents that “Squid Game” costumes will not be permitted in elementary schools, “because of the potential violent messages aligned with the costume.”

Many schools across the state already ban Halloween costumes with items that can “be interpreted as weapons,” such as toy swords and guns, while some schools have bans on masks that cover the child's entire face.

According to Tice, the Fayetteville-Manlius School District already bans costumes deemed “too gory or scary.”

“Squid Game” has become one of Netflix’s most popular series to launch to date and remains the top show in 90 countries, with over 111 million fans.

While Netflix and Walmart previously launched a partnership to sell merchandise from the show, the collection has yet to arrive -- meaning fans of the show will be unable to find official “Squid Game” costumes before Halloween.

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