What an interesting way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Students a Colorado high school smashed a piñata with Trump’s face on it. Even more interesting was the fact that the Spanish teacher allowed his students to celebrate this way. And for that reason, the school district has placed the teacher on paid administrative leave after parents complained.
The incident – which took place at Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, Colorado – left many students’ parents disturbed and upset. Even those who weren’t necessarily Trump supporters or voters found it offensive.
“It is disturbing that this would be happening in a school setting,” one parent Leslie Hollywood told CBS4’s Dillon Thomas. “Why divide people? Why do this? There are so many other ways we can address politics in schools.”
“Political discourse right now, in this country, is already so strained and so angry,” she said. “I wouldn’t have cared if it was Obama’s face on that piñata, or if it had been Hillary Clinton’s face. It doesn’t matter. This is not how we should be teaching our children politics in this country.”
“They can have these conversations in a respectful manner,” she added. “I just didn’t feel this was very respectful.”
It was such a big deal that the school closed Monday after they received threats through social media, although officials did not specify whether the threats were related to the Trump piñata.
Weld County School District RE-5J Johnstown-Milliken did not specify that the threat was related to the controversy at Roosevelt High School in Johnstown.
“It is always my intent to keep our stents safe,” Superintendent Martin Foster said.
Several posts on social media said there was a planned student walkout over the pinata incident.
An unidentified Spanish class teacher was placed on paid administrative leave after photos of the Cinco de Mayo incident showed students smashing a piñata with Trump’s picture on it circulated online.
The school district said it would launch an investigation on Monday.
“This was an incredibly disrespectful act that does not reflect the values of Roosevelt High School or the school district,” Foster said.
Facebook photos showed the pinata on a tree with a bat in the hand of a student from the school. The post was later removed.
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