For Cinco de Mayo, teacher has students smash piñata modeled on whom?

For Cinco de Mayo, teacher has students smash piñata modeled on whom?
Pinata (Image: YouTube screen grab)

On Cinco de Mayo it has long been a custom in many high school Spanish classrooms across the nation to commemorate this important date in Mexico’s history by having students burst a piñata with a stick. In recent years, the activity has become a source of controversy with some claiming that the activity reeks of cultural appropriation.

But that is not the reason an unidentified Spanish teacher at Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, Colo., is in trouble. It is because the piñata she had her students demolish this past Friday was bore a likeness of President Donald Trump, which the school board has deemed “disrespectful” and not in keeping with the “values of the school district.”

According to Denver Fox affiliate KDVR, an investigation is underway after photos of the piñata smashing were distributed online.

On its Facebook page, Weld School District noted that the teacher in question was placed on “paid administrative leave.” Imagine her punishment if she had tried the same stunt with a picture of Barack Obama.

In case you’re wondering, this is not the first time a piñata modeled on the man who is current president was made. Last year around this time, LU reported this.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.

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