6 Spanish Teachers Under Fire for Wearing Zarapes & Sombreros for Yearbook Photo

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Despite people being constantly called out for being culturally insensititve after wearing sombreros, zarapes, and mustaches, many have yet to learn their lesson. This week, six Spanish teachers at San Pasqual High School in Escondido, California, were called out for wearing these items for their yearbook photo. Each of their names includes “Senora” or “Senor” (yes without the ñ) before their names.

Though the pictures were taken earlier in the school year, they are now under criticism with the release of the yearbook. The school released a day after the yearbook was released. “The 2019 yearbook for San Pasqual High School, ‘The Golden Legend,’ was released yesterday (5/20/19) to senior students,” the school said, according to Yahoo. “It has come to our attention it contained photos from the World Language Department that are culturally insensitive and in poor judgement. The photos are a collection of photos taken at the beginning of the year for use as teacher ID photos. Administrators have discussed the issue with the SPHS staff. Principal Martin Casas and his administrative team are taking precautions to ensure a similar situation does not occur in the future.”

Additionally, Principal Casas released a statement, which stated that he hoped this served as a lesson for students and staff alike.

“It is our intent to use this situation as a tool to remind students, as well as staff, to remember the impacts of their words and actions,” he said. “We are committed to continuing our efforts to ensure all students, families, and staff feel welcome and valued.”