A teacher who allegedly allowed students to hit a piñata with President Donald Trump’s and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’ faces on it has been placed on paid administrative leave by the school’s administration.
The incident took place during a Spanish class’ celebration of Cinco de Mayo at Roosevelt High School, in Johnstown, Colorado. Video and pictures of the celebration were posted on some of the students’
Lesley Hollywood, mother of one of the Roosevelt High students, saw the videos on Snapchat and immediately took offense to it over her Facebook account, concerned about the way politics “are being addressed in schools”.
The school district said it was made aware of the incident and released a written statement which said an investigation into the teacher’s actions is underway. On early Monday morning, the school received a threat and school officials and police said more time was needed to assess its credibility, so classes and all after-school activities were canceled. It is unclear if the threat was related to the Trump piñata.
“This was an incredibly disrespectful act that does not reflect the values of Roosevelt High School or the school district,” Superintendent Dr. Martin Foster said of the piñata in a statement. The incident will be investigated.