Indonesian School Apologizes for Dressing Up Kids With Guns for Holiday Parade
A kindergarten in Indonesia apologized after drawing massive controversy online for dressing up children in black jihadist-style costumes during a “cultural” parade as the country celebrated its Independence Day last Friday.
On Independence Day yesterday, a video of a schoolboy climbing a flagpole in west Timor went viral on Indonesian social media. Today another video went viral: kindergarteners in black niqab carrying guns joined Independence Day carnival in Probolinggo, East Java #17an#RI73pic.twitter.com/yN9tdyZwz5
The girls were made to wear black costumes and carry cardboard cutouts of rifles as they walk during the parade in Probolinggo, East Java, according to AsiaOne.
Kartika kindergarten principal Suhartatik explained that the costumes were taken from storage to lessen the cost for the girls’ parents. The garments were used in previous parades to teach students about the Prophet Muhammad’s faith and beliefs.
The principal also denied that the gun cardboard cutouts and full-body veils helped promote extremism.
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