No Pay, No Play! Poor kids banned from school carnival

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Of all the outrageous, incredible news articles I’ve read today, this one brought tears to my eyes. Teaching children from a young age that those without access to money are excluded from life’s happiness – cruel, heartless, and unnecessary – just like the misery meted out on the poor in the world at large.

No party for the poor.

PS 120 in Flushing held a carnival for its students Thursday, but kids whose parents did not pay $10 were forced to sit in the auditorium while their classmates had a blast.

Close to 900 kids went to the Queens schoolyard affair, with pre-K to fifth-grade classes taking turns, each spending 45 minutes outside. The kids enjoyed inflatable slides, a bouncing room and a twirly teacup ride. They devoured popcorn and flavored ices. DJs blasted party tunes.

But more than 100 disappointed kids were herded into the darkened auditorium to just sit or watch an old Disney movie while aides supervised — the music, shouts and laughter outside still audible.

The must-pay rule excluded some of the poorest kids at the elementary, where most parents are Chinese immigrant families crammed into apartments and “struggling to keep their heads above water,” staffers said.

“It’s breaking my heart that there are kids inside,” one teacher said.

The teacher hugged a 7-year-old girl who was “crying hysterically.”

“She was the only one from her class who couldn’t go, so she was very upset,” the teacher said.

The girl told others, “My mom doesn’t care about me.” But the teacher said parents possibly did not see or understand the flier that went home or didn’t have $10 to spare.

“Are we being punished?” one child asked an aide in the auditorium as kids sat there with no movie playing, a staffer said.

Principal Joan Monroe tacked up a list of the number of students per class: “How many attending, Paid,” and “How many not attending, Not paid.”

PS 120 Carnival story for Sunday. Principal Joanna Moore
PS 120 Carnival story for Sunday. Principal Joanna Moore

On Thursday morning, Monroe used the school loudspeaker to remind teachers to send in a list of kids who did not pay.


  1. What some inmates do ?spit in the cheese? you be surprised what imates do? Some have HIV???? I can go on?????? Put HIV!! in the cheese??? Its smells already!!!!! BIG COMPANYS DONT GIVE A DAMM! THEY GIVE THEM 60 CENT A HOUR! EVERY YEAR COMPANYS PULLS IN 2 BILLION A YEAR????? INMATES MAKE 1,660 A YEAR! THATS WHY THEY MAKING THE LAWS HARDER . YOU DO ANYTHING? YOU GOING TO JAIL EVEN IF YOU WHITE?? ITS NOT THE BIG CRIMES ( WE KNOW YOU GO FOR BIG CRIMES) BUT THE VERY SMALL CRIMES LIKE ! J-WALKING? AND NEVER BEEN TO JAIL! 60DAYS???????? even if you don’t have warrants.


  2. See thats why Denmark are havings the happy’es people in the world – it would never happends here. They have found a way so all the children was having exatly the same………… Or nobody have any fun at all…..

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  3. It is a disgusting turn to see a school exclude any kids from such joys that will help enhance emotional an educational behavioral health and progress, to say by act that kids who cannot pay cant enjoy is just wrong the enjoyment is there so who ever can pay let them those who cant well let them anyway its there.

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  4. This should never happen. Either they all play or nobody does. This is why you have fund raisers and PTO’s or Booster clubs. We find ways to raise money and fund our schools over $10,000 in my daughters middle school. NO State or Federal Funding. And nobody is excluded……ever.

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  5. So sad can’t believe the principal what a sick b+×÷h every kid rich or poor should have the same opportunities during school regardless of money with all the money the schools raise nowadays they should maybe put that money into assuring every child gets an equal opportunity this is teaching children that they are not equal all because of money pretty much saying if you don’t have money you are less of a child than the ones with this article disgusts me and too put lists up that lists the child’s name is appalling that principle should be fired and made to sit in the dark auditorium by herself as her fellow employees go home for the day and feel what it’s like to be alone that’s what the children I’m sure felt you stupid bit×h

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