School District Investigating Teachers Who Dressed as Border Wall, Mexicans

Elementary school staff dressed as border wall, Mexicans. Now they’re under investigation | The Fresno Bee

A group of Idaho elementary school teachers has been placed on temporary leave after dressing as Donald Trump's border wall for Halloween, the Idaho Press-Tribune reported Saturday.

An Idaho school district is under fire after more than a dozen of its staffers dressed up as Mexican stereotypes - and a border wall - for Halloween.

The district originally shared photos of the costumes on its Facebook page, but it since has deleted the post but not before others shared the images, including some media outlets such as KTVB.

'Unfortunately, this is the environment that children are going to school in, ' one parent said.

Faculty at the elementary school reportedly held a costume competition that involved dressing up to represent various countries.

"We are better than this, We embrace all students". "The messages conveyed are the antithesis of the beliefs and values of the Idaho Education Association and its dedicated members throughout the state". "We have a responsibility to teach and reach all students, period".

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"We are better than this".

In a Facebook posting, Middleton School Superintendent et Dr. Josh Middleton stated he is "deeply troubled by the decision by a staff member to wear those costumes that are clearly insensitive and inappropriate".

Others were pictured wearing brightly colored ponchos, fake mustaches, and sombreros, with one hat spelling "Mexican" on the brim.

The costumes were worn during the school day on Halloween.

Beth Almanza, an immigrant rights advocate with the Idaho DACA Students group called the photos "extremely disheartening" and "heartbreaking". Idaho DACA Students' Facebook page also posted the photos, noting that the costumes are disheartening, heartbreaking and not amusing. According to reports, Middleton Heights Elementary School is made up of 13% Latino students in the small town of Middleton just outside of Boise.

Middleton added that while he did not think there was "malicious intent" on behalf of the teachers, he acknowledged there was "absolutely" poor judgment.

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