Dr. Josh Middleton, The Middleton School District superintendent, apologized Friday after backlash against school staff members' Halloween costumes. Photos posted to the school district's Facebook page show teachers at Heights Elementary dressed up as a border wall and Mexicans.
The teachers dressed as the "wall" posed behind large cardboard pieces painted to look like bricks, with "Make America Great Again" written in red white and blue letters. The teachers dressed as "Mexicans" wore colorful ponchos and sombreros, or mariachi outfits. One woman posing in the picture appears to have written MEXICAN in capital letters across the brim of her sombrero.
In a video apology posted on Facebook Friday morning, Middleton says he was made aware of the photos by a concerned parent. He called the costumes "clearly insensitive" and said he was "deeply troubled" by the staff members’ decision to wear the costumes.
Middleton also stated that school district administrators are investigating. He said, "I just again want to….express my sincerest and deepest apologies to our families to our patrons… we are so much better than this.”