Two petitions emerge after Middleton school photos go viral
MIDDLETON, Idaho (CBS 2) —
Two petitions have emerged after the fallout at Middleton Heights Elementary last week when photos of some staff members went viral after they dressed in Mexican clothing and a border wall.
A petition supporting the reinstatement of teachers and staff has garnered more than 10,000 signatures as of Monday morning.
The Middleton School District placed the 14 staff members involved on paid administrative leave for the duration of the investigation. Middleton Police says they will keep extra patrols around the schools this week to ensure safety and keep the peace.
According to our media partners Idaho Press, school will be dismissed early Wednesday for staff training district wide. The training will include culture awareness and sensitivity. Superintendent Josh Middleton tells Idaho Press the training will be carried out throughout the year and into the future.
A petition supporting a no racism effort in the Middleton School District on MoveOn.org is also inching toward 10,000 signatures in support. The decision to place the staff members on leave followed an emergency executive meeting of the school board Saturday morning.