No flowers allowed at Shelton Intermediate School cotillion

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SHELTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Parents with kids who attend Shelton Intermediate School are up in arms over a message sent home Wednesday. It says flowers are not allowed at the annual cotillion Friday night.

The message was forwarded to News 8 through Report !t by a concerned parent.

It has come to our attention that some students may be bringing or exchanging flowers for cotillion this Friday night. We need to inform you that students with flowers will not be permitted into the dance. Due to medical concerns associated with server (sic) allergies to certain flowers, students with flowers will not be permitted into the school. The exchanging of flowers for the cotillion is not a function of the cotillion, nor endorsed by the school. For all students to have a safe and enjoyable evening we require that everyone involved comply with this request. Thank you.

The rule is not sitting well with the people who wrote to News 8. Parents say, with just two days to go until the dance, that message is too late.

News 8 reached out to the headmaster of Shelton Intermediate School and got a similar statement. Kenneth Saranich says,

Due to the fact that this has traditionally been a casual 8th grade end of year celebration, we have never had to deal with the issue of flowers at a Cotillion in the past. Our goal is to provide each and every student a safe environment in which to have a fun time and an opportunity to wish each well as they head off to various high-schools.

The latest dress code enforcement comes just a month after issues at Shelton High School. News 8 was contacted then after the school cracked down on dresses just a week out from prom.

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