Teachers stir up controversy

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Teachers stir up controversy

Teachers make a pose that angers many.

Teachers make a pose that angers many.

Jerry Manter

Teachers make a pose that angers many.

Jerry Manter

Jerry Manter

Teachers make a pose that angers many.

Elsa Munster, News Assistant

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On Nov. 3, a group of teachers from Middleton Elementary School in Idaho got caught up in a controversial Facebook post that went viral. The post was two pictures, one was of 14 of the school’s teachers dressed up in Halloween costumes that portrayed a stereotype of Mexicans and the other had the rest dressed as a wall that had “Make America Great Again” written on it. Because of the negative attention brought to it, the teachers were placed on paid administrative leave. Superintendent Josh Middleton said, “This type of behavior has no place in education and certainly is not tolerated here at Middleton School District. This situation is being taken very seriously. We are in full support of our superintendent and administrative staff as a full investigation is being conducted, and are awaiting the results of the investigation.”

After the post started to gain attention, there was a petition started by Jacquelyn Meeker to try to help the teachers that had been suspended from the elementary school. She said that the whole situation was blown out of proportion, and that they don’t agree with the photos but instead believe that it shouldn’t cost people their jobs or cause any stress to the children. By Sunday Nov. 4, this petition had more than 7,150 signatures, and but wasn’t immediately clear where they came from since the school only serves about 600 students, according to Idaho Ed Trends.

While this petition went on, another one titled “No Racism in Middleton School District” called for proactive training and awareness on race, ethnicity and nationality issues and an environment where healing for communities is possible. This petition had over 7,800 signatures by the following Sunday. Emmett Doughtery, a teacher here at Lewiston High School, stated that he didn’t think it was a smart idea for people to perpetuate stereotypes that could hurt people.

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