School district bans Squid Game costumes amid playground violence

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A New York school district banned Halloween costumes from the Netflix show Squid Game.

Principals from three Syracuse-area Fayetteville-Manlius elementary schools sent emails to parents warning that students have been playing the "Squid Game" depicted in the Netflix series as a physically violent contest.

“Due to concerns about the potential violent nature of the game, it is inappropriate for recess play or discussion at school,” reads a message sent to Mott Road Elementary School parents, according to a report. “Additionally, a Halloween costume from this show does not meet our school costume guidelines due to the potential violent message aligned with the costume.”

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Superintendent Dr. Craig Tice echoed a similar message.

"Staff members have recently noted that some students at recess have been mimicking games from 'Squid Game,' a Roblox video game and a Netflix show that is intended for mature audiences due to the violence depicted in the show," the statement reads. "Because of this activity, our principals wanted to make sure our families are aware that it would be inappropriate for any student to wear to school a Halloween costume from this show because of the potential violent messages aligned with the costume."

"They also wanted families to be aware that some of our younger students are talking about and mimicking aspects of the show/game at school so parents and guardians would have the opportunity to speak with their children themselves about it and reinforce the school message that games associated with violent behavior are not appropriate for recess," it continues.

The Netflix show focuses on a group of 456 people experiencing financial hardship who take part in a series of extreme and usually fatal children's games, including "Red Light, Green Light" and marbles, for a chance to win big money.

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Some 111 million people have streamed the show since its debut in September, making it the platform's most popular show to date.

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