A group of teachers at an Idaho elementary school are facing backlash after several staff members dressed as President TrumpDonald John TrumpCurbelo explains reason he forgave man who tweeted death threat Obama accuses Trump of ‘political stunt’ on border politics Voter registration in California reaches all-time high before midterms MORE’s border wall and another group dressed up with sombreros, maracas and fake black mustaches, which some parents deemed racist.
Since-deleted pictures posted to the Middleton School District’s Facebook page showed the group at Middleton Heights Elementary School, near Boise, Idaho, dressed as segments of a border wall with Trump’s campaign sloan “Make America Great Again” on it, CNN reported Saturday.
Another group wore brightly colored ponchos, sombreros and fake black mustaches and held maracas.
The pictures were replaced with a live apology video on Friday from district Superintendent Josh Middleton, who said the costumes were “clearly insensitive and inappropriate.”
“We now have to own those decisions,” he said. “I’d just again want to share what’s going on and express my sincerest and deepest apologies to our families, to our patrons.”
He called the costumes “clearly insensitive and inappropriate” but vowed there was no “malicious intent.”
District officials will be launching an investigation, Middleton said.
The Idaho Education Association condemned the costumes in a Facebook post on Friday.
“The messages conveyed are the antithesis of the beliefs and values of the Idaho Education Association and its dedicated members throughout the state,” the organization wrote.
Beth Almanza, an immigrant rights advocate with the Idaho DACA Students group, wrote online that the photos were “heartbreaking.”
“Imagine how some of the students felt when they walked into their classrooms on Halloween and saw their teachers (people they look up to) dressed like this?” Almanza wrote.