Community members speak in support of Middleton Heights principal on administrative leave

Posted at 10:12 PM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-13 00:12:16-05

There was a full house at the Middleton School District's school board meeting Monday night. 

Many attendees showed their support to the elementary school principal who remains on leave in the after a costume controversy that threw the school into the national spotlight. 

As 6 on your side reported, multiple staff members donned stereotypical Mexican costumes while others dressed up as a border wall with the words, "Make America Great Again" across the front. Photos posted on the district's Facebook page went viral. 

In the wake of the incident, 14 staff members were put on leave. 13 have since returned to the school, but the principal of Middleton Heights Elementary is still on administrative leave. That administrative leave was approved by the board. 

Several community members spoke passionately in support of the principal. One in particular spoke for a considerable amount of time to give as she says the staff and teachers a voice. 

"We stand behind our staff and we wanted all of them to be back, they don't deserve what happened to them," said Brenda, Middleton resident. 

"We certainly feel their frustration in wanting to know more and I get that. We've tried to put out information that once something becomes a personnel matter, I mean, It really becomes something that you can't share, I mean people have rights and it's something that we need to deal with privately," said Dr. Josh Middleton, Middleton School District Superintendent. 

There was no decision and no timeline made on the principal who is on administrative leave.