Parents at a Massachusetts elementary school are outraged because a school Halloween party displayed a tombstone with President Trump’s name on it.
The disgusted parents sent Massachusetts Republican Party committeewoman Amanda Orlando Kesterson photos of the display after one parent reportedly brought the offending tombstone to West Parish Elementary School’s “Halloween Happenings” party in Gloucester.
Kesterson posted a photo of the tombstone featuring the words “Don Trump” to her Facebook page, calling the parent’s actions “despicable”:
“I find it absolutely despicable that the PTO of one of our local elementary schools would bring this political agenda before our children,” she wrote in the Facebook post. “The parents or teachers responsible for this disgusting display should claim responsibility publicly and apologize publicly as well.”
She added that the president “always deserves respect” and that educators should not be pushing political agendas onto their students.
The West Parish Grade 5 Parent Committee hosted the Friday night party, with some attendees reportedly being as young as six years old.
After the photo gained a lot of attention on social media, West Parish Elementary School Principal Telena S. Imel apologized for the controversial display.
“While, according to the parent, this was designated to be humorous, a number of attendees rightfully felt that it showed disrespect,” Imel said in a statement Sunday. “In planning future events, it will be made clear to organizers that school is not the place to engage in or display political agendas or opinions.”
Gloucester Public Schools Superintendent Richard Safier said the school district is investigating the display, adding that this was “something that shouldn’t have happened – and isn’t going to happen again.”