No 'best friends' allowed at preschool

No 'best friends' allowed at preschool”

Christine Hartwell said she is outraged after a teacher at Pentucket Workshop Preschool told her four-year-old daughter she couldn't call one of her classmates her "best friend".

Christine Hartwell says she was shocked to learn her daughter Julia couldn't use the term at Pentucket Workshop Preschool in Georgetown. She says children should be allowed to speak from their heart.

A portion of the letter obtained by Boston 25 News read, "It has been our experience (which spans decades) that the use of the term "best friend, ' even when used in a loving way, can lead other children to feel excluded [.] which can ultimately lead to the formation of 'cliques" and 'outsiders'".

The school wants to encourage their students to have a wider group of friends. "And she looks at me sideways as she's saying it and she's checking in with me to see if that language is okay".

Hartwell added: "When I asked her what was wrong she said she was really sad about what her teacher did that day". The school did not return the reporter's request for comment.

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