Idaho superintendent apologizes after teachers dress up as Mexicans, border wall


The costumes drew criticism after the Middleton School District published the images on its Facebook account.

Middleton School Superintendent Dr. Josh Middleton has said he is "deeply troubled by the decision" and that the costumes were clearly insensitive and inappropriate.

"We are better than this", he said in the Facebook Live video.

A number of staffers in the Middleton School District thought it was a good idea to dress in costume as they did on Wednesday for Halloween. Individuals who promote intolerance & racism do NOT belong in the classroom perpetuating their political ideologies especially to young people!

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, almost 10% of Middleton's population are Hispanic, and the school district offers a migrant education program. "On behalf of the Middleton School District, I share sincerest apologies for these insensitive actions and offending our families and patrons", he said.

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The photos were taken down from the Facebook page, but once screenshots began to circulate, the backlash began. A handful of other staffers at Middleton Heights Elementary School in Middleton wore "Mexican" costumes, complete with sombreros, fake mustaches and maracas. "All employers and schools must act responsibly to avoid sanctioning displays and other conduct that could give rise to this type of discrimination not only because they have a legal responsibility to do [so] but also because it is the right thing to do".

'Do I think there was a malicious intent in these poor decisions? "Again, we are better than this". At an elementary school in Middleton, Idaho, a group of teachers wore offensive costumes.

A score of Idaho-based advocacy groups - the ACLU of Idaho, Immigrant Justice Idaho, and PODER of Idaho - stormed the superintendent's office with a statement talking about how much harm this photo has caused. "We have a responsibility to teach all students".

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