Local school official apologizes for 'offensive' costume that won contest

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by Matt Sczesny / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on November 1, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 2 at 3:17 PM

EDWARDSVILLE, Il (KMOV.com) -- A Metro East school superintendent is on the defensive after a student’s Halloween costume was deemed offensive.

Edwardsville School Superintendent Ed Hightower was very surprised when News 4 told him what someone at Edwardsville High School had emailed to us.

A freshman student dressed in a poncho, sombrero and a green card and said they were “a Mexican immigrant.” 

“It’s unfortunate; we feel badly about it,” Hightower said. “We recognize this was an insensitive comment.”

Interestingly, no one at Edwardsville High seemed to recognize the costume as insensitive. The costume actually won first place in a costume contest for funniest.

The principal wasn’t present at the contest, though other teachers were. Ultimately, Hightower says, it’s his issue and he is apologizing for it.

“I’ll take full responsibility, anything that happens in the school district stops at my desk,” he said. “Check and balance, it should not have happened.”

Hightower says the students involved in the costume contest now feel bad about the incident, and he’s trying not to let it reflect poorly on the school.

 

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