School staff on leave for of­fen­sive cos­tumes

The Washington Post Sunday - - NEWS -

Four­teen staff mem­bers at an Idaho school dis­trict who donned out­fits de­pict­ing Mex­i­can peo­ple in car­i­ca­ture and a bor­der wall em­bla­zoned with “Make Amer­ica Great Again” have been placed on paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave.

Mid­dle­ton School Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Josh Mid­dle­ton an­nounced the de­ci­sion Satur­day at a spe­cial school board meet­ing.

School Board Chair­man Tim Win­kle said the cos­tumes were part of a team-build­ing ac­tiv­ity af­ter school hours.

Pho­tos were posted to the school dis­trict’s Face­book page Thursday night and later re­moved, but screen­shots cap­tured the im­ages that went vi­ral.

The school dis­trict, about 34 miles west of Boise, of­fers a mi­grant ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram.

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