In Wake of Controversial Halloween Photos, Middleton Educators Placed on Leave, Principal Removed 

click to enlarge MIDDLETON SCHOOL FACEBOOK
  • Middleton School Facebook
Three days after more than a dozen workers at a Middleton elementary school dressed in stereotyped Mexican costumes and posed with a faux border wall, the Middleton School Board announced Saturday that the employees had been placed on administrative leave. Additionally, a statement from the Idaho Human Rights Commission slammed the stunt, saying discrimination "can occur when an employer or school allows a hostile environment to exist against persons because of their race, sex and national origin, and other protected bases."

"Simply because conduct takes place as a so-called joke does not excuse otherwise unlawful conduct," read the IHRC statement.

click to enlarge MIDDLETON SCHOOL DISTRICT FACEBOOK
  • Middleton School District Facebook
Photos of 14 employees of Middleton Heights Elementary, posing in front of a cardboard wall that said, "Make America Great Again," went viral after the images were posted on the school district's Facebook page. Following immediate backlash, Middleton School District Superintendent Josh Middleton posted an apology and removed the photos from the Facebook page.

On Saturday, Middleton also announced that a member of the school district's crisis team would be taking over principal duties at Middleton Heights Elementary for the immediate future.
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