- The Washington Times - Monday, May 8, 2017

A Colorado Spanish teacher has been placed on paid leave after allegedly letting students destroy a piñata with President Trump’s face on it as part of a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Weld County school district officials are investigating Jay Moser, a Spanish teacher at Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, after photos and videos of students taking turns hitting the piñata with a baseball bat surfaced online, The Greeley Tribune reported.

A local Fox affiliate reported that witnesses said the piñata had a photo of Mr. Trump’s face on one side and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s face on the other.

Superintendent Martin Foster called it an “incredibly disrespectful act” that does not reflect the values of Roosevelt High School or the school district.

“The teacher in charge of this class has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the school district that will commence on Monday, May 8,” the school district said in a statement Saturday evening.

A parent who posted photos of the event on Facebook Friday night told The Greeley Tribune said parents have a “right to know” what their children are being taught in school. She said she is not a Trump supporter but still feels the act was inappropriate.

“I think political discourse right now is so negative and so strange already that all this does … is create more divide,” she told the newspaper. “And I think the reaction to this really shows why this shouldn’t be happening on school grounds.”

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