MIDDLETON, Idaho — Employees at an Idaho school district who donned Halloween costumes depicting Mexican people and a border wall emblazoned with “Make America Great Again” have been placed on administrative leave.
The Idaho Statesman reports that Middleton School District superintendent Josh Middleton announced the decision Saturday at a special school board meeting.
It’s not clear how many staff members are involved or whether it’s paid or unpaid leave. After the announcement, the board went into executive session, which is not open to the public.
The costumes were worn during class. Photos were posted to the district’s Facebook page Thursday night and later removed, but screenshots captured the images that went viral.
Middleton is about 34 miles west of Boise, with 7,500 residents. The school district offers a migrant education program.