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Choice Of Halloween Costumes Lands High School Principal And Secretary In Hot Water

When photos of Halloween costumes were posted on a Virginia school's website, many parents took a peek. Some staff members had fun with the holiday and dressed up in costumes. Some parents were outraged because the costumes got a little political.

Principal Mark Rowicki at Robert E. Lee High School made waves by dressing up as President Donald Trump for Halloween. Rowicki donned a business suit with a long, red tie, a Trump campaign button and a 'Make America Great Again' cap.

Making matters even worse, school secretary Stephanie Corbett dressed up as Hillary Clinton - in an orange jumpsuit with a chain around her waist.

It's unclear if Rowicki and Corbett had coordinated their costumes, or if they just both happened to choose to dress up like political figures. They posed for a photo together which went up on the school website. The photos were quickly taken down, though, when parents began calling in to complain. In this politically charged climate, the costumes were not well received by the parents.

"I don't care who you are or are not voting for. You are professionals, who work with children," said Emberly Lynn Martin, a mom of two girls at the school. "Some more impressionable than others. The fact that any school official would think it's okay to dress like this leaves me appalled and floored," Martin wrote on a Facebook post with the controversial image. "What message are you sending to any of them when their high school principal dresses up like a man who wants to deport them, says things like 'she's a nasty woman', or "grab em by the p—–?"

Rowicki apologized for offending anyone and said he was just dressing up to join in the Halloween festivities. He said he didn't mean any harm by dressing up as the Republican president.

At this time it's unclear if either the principal or the secretary will face any disciplinary actions for their choice of costumes. It doesn't sound like there are many parents willing to defend them, though.

Dr. Linda Reviea, Superintendent of Staunton City Schools, put out a statement reminding everyone that it's a very sensitive time with the state of the nation.

"It is a longstanding tradition of Staunton City Schools—and of many school divisions across the United States—to allow students and staff to engage in festive activities and dress in costume for Halloween," she wrote. "That said, the particular costumes worn by two employees at R.E. Lee High School were in poor judgment, given the current political climate and the extraordinarily strong sentiments for the 2016 presidential candidates. I became aware of the situation on Tuesday night and instructed our staff to remove the images in question from Lee High School's website today (Nov. 2). We are handling the situation as a personnel matter and addressing the issue with relevant staff."

Advocates of political correctness have been attacking Halloween in recent years over insensitive costumes. People wearing costumes of soldiers or horror movie villains have been accused of celebrating violence. People dressing up as various characters from film, television and literature have been accused of cultural appropriation. People dressing up as police or political figures have been called insensitive. Fox News was even slammed for featuring a little Hispanic boy dressed up as a watermelon slice in a line of costumes in which kids dressed like fruits. Watermelon is offensive to black people, said critics.

It seems like the safest bet these days is to just stay home.

Source: AOL, The Californian
Photo: WHSV

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