Parents in South Carolina are fighting the plan for their children to compete in a beauty pageant at their elementary school. Indian Land Elementary School in Rock Hill, South Carolina sent home fliers that read, "Come be the first Warrior King or Warrior Queen of Indian Land Elementary. Represent you school all year long during school events! Contestants will be judged on facial beauty, personality, and overall appeal." The flier states that prizes would be awarded at the October 20th pageant for "Best Eyes", "Best Hair", "Best Smile", "Best Dressed", and "Most Beautiful", which would be based on facial beauty only.
Parents argue that it is not the school's job to judge students' beauty. "Trying to develop good self esteem in children is hard enough without something like this being pushed at their school," said Nita Buck, retired teacher and grandparent.
One event organizer, Tracy Hyland, claims this is chance for "children to come up, shine, and be themselves on stage." Some supporters of the pageant also claim that it is no different than sports.
Do you think an elementary beauty pageant is ok?