These Teachers Thought It Was Funny To Dress Up As "Mexicans" And "Border Wall"
On Halloween, fourteen teachers at Middleton Heights Elementary in Idaho decided to dress up as Mexican stereotypes and Trump's border wall.
One group wore sombreros, sarapes, and fake mustaches; the other group carried cardboard sections of border wall spelling out "Make America Great Again."
They thought their costume stunt was so "great", they took pictures, smiling hugely, and posted them on the school district's official Facebook page.
Latino and non-Latino parents were rightfully upset. Instead of recognize the great contribution Mexicans have made and continue to make to this country, the costumes reduce Mexicans to cartoonish stereotypes and imply that the way to "Make America Great Again" is to keep them out.
The pictures were removed - but not before people had taken screenshots.
Staff dressed up as “Mexicans” and others as a “wall” on which it said “Make America Great Again” at an ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in Idaho.— Leah McElrath (@leahmcelrath) November 2, 2018
Superintendent said there was not “malicious intent.”
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Beth Almanza, an immigrant rights advocate in Idaho, said the images were “heartbreaking.”
“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?”
According to local news, the district's phones have been ringing non-stop, with many parents calling for the teachers to be fired.
Instead, district superintendent Josh Middleton placed the teachers on PAID administrative leave.
"I'm deeply troubled by the decision by our staff members to wear those costumes that are clearly insensitive and inappropriate," he said in a statement on Facebook Live,
But he doesn't think there was any "malicious intent."
"Do I think there was a malicious intent in these poor decisions? No, I don't."
Either your "teachers" are incredibly stupid, or yes, they were being malicious.
Intentionally mocking and belittling an entire ethnicity is malicious. Their "poor decisions" set the worst possible example for their young students.
Either way, they don't deserve the to call themselves "teachers." Let's hope they don't get to do it much longer.