A Primary School in Idaho has received fierce backlash after several Halloween instructors worn offensive costumes and published the pictures on social media.
At least a dozen Heights Elementary School teachers in Middleton dress up for the annual holiday as planned boundary walls and Mexican stereotypes, KGW reported.
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In the photos – originally published on the school's Facebook page but which have since been deleted – the teachers, dressed up as a wall, are standing in a classroom behind large cardboard pieces adorned with "Make America Great Again" , written in red, white and blue letters.
Those dressed as Mexicans wore rainbow ponchos and sombreros and wore maracas. Some wore mustaches, while others wore a dress with pins on their heads that resembled a piñata. A woman in the middle of the photo even wore a sombrero with the word "MEXICAN" written on its edge.
According to KGW, the teachers have designed the offensive group costumes as teambuilding activity.
After the photos became viral, the district's superintendent, dr. Josh Middleton, in a video also posted on Facebook, made a statement declaring that he wanted to make "my most sincere and profound apologies" for the costumes, KGW said.
"I was shown these photos [was] deeply concerned about the decision of our employees to wear these costumes, which are clearly insensitive and inappropriate, "he said in the video, explaining that he had spotted the pictures on Thursday night after a parent complained.
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"We're better than that. We hug all the students," said the Superintendent. "We have the responsibility to teach and reach all students, period."
The Superintendent later issued another statement on the district's website stating that an investigation is underway and expressed his hope that the review will be completed by Monday.
"The district as a whole receives advertising that condemns our schools and community to a negative, broad generalization after the events of that afternoon," he wrote on the website. "I know that we are better than this literal snapshot."
The superintendent claimed that the teachers were not going to anger anyone with their costumes.
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"Do I think there was a malicious intent in this bad decision? No, I do not, "he said to KGW. "Was there a bad judgment? Absolute."
"Now our work begins to investigate and learn from this matter and to change," he continued. "And again the school we can be, the school district that we know we can be, not what was shown on Thursday."
It is currently unclear whether teachers who do not yet have to be publicly identified are dismissed or disciplined for their actions.