Pictures, which were posted on the Middleton School District Facebook page but have since been deleted, showed the group dressed up as a wall with the phrase "Make America Great Again" on it.
The district put up a new post on Friday with superintendent Josh Middleton apologizing for the "poor decisions that were made" and saying "we are better than this". "No, I don't", Middleton said.
Proving that even Halloween isn't immune from the political division our country is now embroiled in, an Idaho school district has issued an apology after it faced stiff backlash to pictures of staffers in pro-Trump, anti-Immigrant costumes for the holiday.
On Saturday, Middleton also announced that a member of the school district's crisis team would be taking over principal duties at Middleton Heights Elementary for the immediate future.
Seven teachers wore "Mexican" outfits which included fake mustaches, sombreros and maracas. The photos have since been taken down from the school's Facebook page. "We believe the school and classrooms have now become hostile environments that are not conducive to the education of the students". "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 with this decision?" No, I don't. Was there a poor judgement involved?
Data showing the demographics of the elementary school reveal that almost 13 percent of its population is Hispanic.
The Idaho Statesman reports that 12 Idaho-based advocacy groups and nonprofits, including the ACLU of Idaho and Immigrant Justice Idaho, sent a letter to the district's superintendent on Friday expressing concerns over the costumes.
The school district has yet to identify the perpetrators, and there is no indication yet if the employees will face disciplinary action or be terminated.