Fourteen staff members at an Idaho school district who donned caricatured outfits depicting Mexican people and a border wall emblazoned with "Make America Great Again" have been placed on paid administrative leave.
Middleton School District superintendent Josh Middleton announced the decision Saturday at a special school board meeting.
After the announcement, the board went into executive session, which is not open to the public.
Board Chairman Tim Winkle says the costumes were part of a team building activity after school hours.
Photos were posted to the district's Facebook page Thursday night and later removed, but screenshots captured the images that went viral.
A group of faculty at a Middleton, Idaho school are under fire after dressing up together as a border wall with the sign, “Make America Great Again” attached. Other faculty dressed up in stereotypical Mexican clothing pic.twitter.com/gZwGBkGdKA
— Joe Parris (@KTVBJoe) November 2, 2018
Middleton is about 34 miles (55 kilometers) west of Boise, with 7,500 residents. The school district offers a migrant education program.