KHQ News reports that the superintendent of the Middleton School District posted an apology on Facebook Friday morning after at least a dozen staff members dressed up as pieces of a border wall and Mexican stereotypes for Halloween.
The Middleton School District is investigating the incident, and it's possible the agency that enforces the state's anti-discrimination laws will do its own investigation into the matter, a spokesman for the Idaho Human Rights Commission told the Statesman Friday.
That's exactly what a group of staff members discovered at an elementary school in Middleton, Idaho.
"We are better than this, we embrace all students", he said. "We have a responsibility to teach and reach all students". "Again, we are better than this". Was there poor judgement involved?
The controversy also follows a blow-up around Megyn Kelly's complete ineptness when it comes to the racist overtones of white people wearing blackface as part of a costume, proving that even as America creeps toward progress, some people seem hell-bent on staying rooted firmly in our country's racist past.
The photos are now circulating across Facebook and Twitter with parents and Treasure Valley residents. "Last night, a parent contacted me expressing concern of staff costumes worn here on Halloween", Middleton said.
"We are learning from this and changing and again, being the school district we know we can be", he said.
Middleton School Superintendent Dr. Josh Middleton has said he is "deeply troubled by the decision" and that the costumes were clearly insensitive and inappropriate.
Middleton also indicated he did not believe there was any malicious intent.
According to census data, about 10 percent of the population of Middleton is Hispanic.
According to data compiled by Idaho Ed Trends, nearly 13% of the school's population is Hispanic.