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Elementary School Teachers Thought It Would Be A Great Idea To Dress Up As Mexicans And Trump's Wall

Every year, Halloween has been known to bring out one of the spookiest specters of all: racism.

Thinking it'd be a funny, topical costume to wear in front of children, teachers from Middleton School District in Middleton, Idaho, dressed up as Trump's border wall and a group of stereotypical Mexican people trying to cross it.


Photos of the dozen or so teachers in costume were originally posted by the teachers themselves to the Middleton School District's Facebook page, alongside the caption:

"It was a great day to be a Heights Hawk! We celebrated our RESPECT character winners, single and double marathon runners."


Unfortunately, none of the teachers featured in the photos are likely to become a RESPECT character winner anytime soon.

The photos show half of the educators acting as a wall labelled "Make America Great Again," while the other half of teachers dress in ponchos, hold maracas and even write "MEXICAN" at the top of a sombrero.


@heidiheilig/Twitter


@heidiheilig/Twitter

Though the original post was quickly deleted, Facebook users had already captured the images, which were widely shared across the internet.









Elizabeth Almanza, a member of immigrant advocacy group PODER (Protecting our Dreams and Empowering Resilience), denounced the costumes in a strongly worded Facebook post on the Idaho DACA Students page:

"These photos are extremely disheartening."
"ALL children should have the right to a learning environment that celebrates all backgrounds."
"Imagine how some of the students felt when they walked into their classrooms on Halloween and saw their teachers (people they look up to) dressed like this?"
"This is NOT funny. This is heartbreaking. Students deserve better."


Dr. Josh Middleton, the Middleton school district's aptly-named superintendent, offered his "sincerest and deepest apologies," saying he'd only become aware of the costumes after-the-fact, on the Thursday following Halloween.

He commented:

"I was shown those photos and [was] deeply troubled by the decision by our staff members to wear those costumes that are clearly insensitive and inappropriate."
"Do I think there was a malicious intent in this poor decision? No, I don't."
"Was there a poor judgment involved? Absolutely."



The group of teachers is now under investigation by the school district, and face potential suspension or termination. Middleton knows the district is capable of better.

"We are better than this. We embrace all students. We have a responsibility to teach and reach all students, period."

H/T - Huffpost, USA Today