Weld County teacher placed on leave for Trump Pinata
by Sarah Abureesh
A Weld County high school teacher has been recently placed on paid administrative leave after a set of photos of a Spanish class’ Cinco De Mayo incident of students smashing a piñata with President Donald Trump’s picture on it went viral. The teacher’s name hadn’t been revealed, as Weld County School District RE-5J, Johnstown-Milliken approved an investigation at Roosevelt High School.
Videos and pictures, of the incident were posted on Snapchat and Facebook. Lesley Hollywood, a Roosevelt High parent took offense to the posted media.
“It is disturbing that this would happening in a school setting,” Hollywood said.
Numerous parents like Hollywood also encouraged the school for taking action.
“Political discourses right now, in this country, is already so strained and so angry,” Hollywood said.
Students at the school, later wrote Hollywood telling her Mexico’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto, was also displayed on the pinata. However neither district officials and media evidence suggested this to be accurate. Hollywood continued to encourage the school to have political stances, however, she said the actions in which the teacher permitted the students to represent their beliefs wasn’t acceptable in her eyes.
“They can have these conversations in a respectful manner. I just didn’t feel this was very respectful,” Hollywood said.
Hollywood believes it wouldn’t have mattered whether it was another president’s face or a former presidential candidate.
“I wouldn’t of cared if it was Obama’s face on that pinata, or if it had been Hillary Clinton’s face,” Hollywood said. “It doesn’t matter. This is not how we should be teaching our children politics in this country.”
The controversial aspects of this incident left several parents furious with the teacher’s actions towards allowing students to immaturely bash a pinata with the president’s face on it, as it’s a disapproving alternative to how pre adults should show their political views.