Without fail, every Halloween, we learn of someone who has used the day to express their racist and prejudiced thoughts. At an elementary school in Middleton, Idaho, a group of teachers wore offensive costumes. Some, who dressed up as Mexicans, donned mustaches and zarapes. Others used cardboard cutouts to channel the border wall, which featured President Donald Trump’s incendiary “Make America Great Again” slogan. The costumes drew criticism after the Middleton School District published the images on its Facebook account.
On Friday morning, Superintendent Josh Middleton posted an apology on the same page. “Last night, a parent contacted me expressing concern over staff costumes that were worn on Halloween during the school day,” he said. “[I’m] deeply troubled by the decision by our staff members to wear those costumes that are clearly insensitive and inappropriate… We are better than this. We embrace all students. We have a responsibility to teach and reach all students.”
He added that he didn’t think the teachers had malicious intent, but “vowed” that the district would look into the matter.