School teachers spark outrage after dressing up as Mexicans and MAGA border wall for Halloween
This Halloween seems to be the year for questionable outfit choices. These elementary school teachers decided to join the controversy when they dressed up in Mexican and MAGA border wall costumes.
Teachers seem to be finding themselves in hot water over their very triggering costume choices far too often in recent years. First, the teacher who donned blackface to be the African-American character Lafawnduh from "Napolean Dynamite."
Now we're presented with fourteen teachers who are under investigation after their controversial costume choices. They chose to use Donald Trump's campaign and border wall idea as inspiration for their costume.
A western Idaho community is outraged after local elementary school teachers dressed up in Halloween costumes depicting stereotypical Mexicans and President Donald Trump's "border wall." https://t.co/9zorMba40T— WSMV News4 Nashville (@WSMV) November 2, 2018
A superintendent in Idaho was forced to issue a public apology as well as place 14 employees on paid administrative leave after they were placed under investigation for their Halloween costume choices. The elementary school teachers chose to dress up as Mexicans and a border wall.
Their outfits consisted of a cardboard wall with the phrase “Make America Great Again” written boldly across it while the teachers wore outfits to represent well known American symbols such as the Statue of Liberty. The other group wore sombreros while carrying maracas and wearing fake black mustaches.
Elementary school teachers dress up as mustached, poncho-wearing 'Mexicans' and Trump's BORDER WALL in shocking Halloween costumes https://t.co/147mqu6lkK— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) November 3, 2018
The images began circulating on social media and went viral. They resulted in a considerable backlash from parents.
The superintendent, Dr. Josh Middleton, said that the costumes were the result of poor choices. He also said that he did not think the teachers had malicious intentions when they chose their outfits.
Fourteen of the elementary school teachers and staff members have been put on paid administrative leave. https://t.co/kJpL8phaEz— HuffPost (@HuffPost) November 5, 2018
On Saturday morning, Middleton also announced that the employees' actions were under investigation during a special school board meeting. He also said that this type of behavior has no place in the schooling system in the Middleton School District.
“We are better than this, we embrace all students,” he said. “We have a responsibility to teach and reach all students — period.”
Idaho superintendent apologizes for teachers dressing up as 'Mexicans' and the border wall for Halloweenhttps://t.co/022uXEnm0z— TIME (@TIME) November 3, 2018
However, social media users felt the entire ordeal was inadequately handled and completely unacceptable. Kevin Nadal, a psychology professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said in a tweet;
"The fact that these elementary school teachers thought this would be okay demonstrates how much more cultural competence training is needed in education.”