The superintendent of a school district in Idaho says he’s investigating after photos were posted on the district’s Facebook page showing elementary school staff members dressed up as President Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall for Halloween.
Ones of the photos, which has been taken down from the district’s Facebook page, shows six staff members dressed as six sections of a brick wall. They’re also wearing patriotic headwear and have the words ‘Make America Great Again” emblazoned across the front of the wall.
Superintendent Josh Middleton of the Middleton School District — yes, the names are the same — denounced the costumes as “clearly insensitive and inappropriate,” Fox News reported.
“I was shown photos and troubled by the decision by our staff members to wear those costumes that are clearly insensitive and inappropriate,” Middleton said during a Facebook live session. “I want to say we are better than this. We embrace all students. We have a responsibility to teach and reach all students. Period.”
“Do I think that there was a malicious intent in this poor decision?” he added. “No, I don’t. Was there a poor judgment involved? Absolutely.”
He says he found out about the photos when a parent contacted him to complain. A second photo gathering criticism showed what looked like a separate group of mostly white faculty members dressing up in festive Mexican attire.
Whether or not any of those staff members will face disciplinary action had not been revealed as of Friday at 4:30 p.m. Eastern. The Hispanic population of the small town of Middleton is just under 10 percent.
Outrage flowed across Twitter after the photos went viral: