MIDDLETON, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) On Wednesday, The Middleton School District announced they are reinstating 14 staff members from administrative leave. This comes after a Facebook post included teachers dressed as Mexicans and a border wall on Oct. 31.
The district said the investigation is complete and the entire school's district will be participating in a cultural sensitivity training.
Dr. Josh J. Middleton, the superintendent, said in statement, "We will welcome our teachers and aides back into their classrooms in the next few days and we embrace this opportunity for continuous improvement and striving toward becoming the district we want to be with the outstanding educators we have."
Two petitions were created. One on Change.org supporting the teachers to be reinstated and Moveon.org, which has almost gathered 10,000 signatures, supporting a no-racism effort.
The statement included an apology from the staff members involved.
"As educators, we understand our responsibility to our students, our parents, our colleagues, our community and to our profession. While there was no malice or ill will in our intentions, we recently came up short in our understanding of the awareness of the impact of the choices we made, regardless of our intent," the statement said.