Elementary School Displays Donald Trump Tombstone Halloween Decoration

"It inappropriately brought a political agenda into what was designed to be a fun family affair.”

An elementary school Halloween party turned political when the parent teacher group brought in decorative tombstones- one of which read "Donald Trump."

West Parish Elementary School in Gloucester, Massachusetts was celebrating Halloween and the parent-teacher organization (PTO) was responsible for decorations. Sitting in plain sight in the middle of a table, along with such names as "Seymour Butts," and "Ben Ded," was "Don Trump." A parent took a photo, which was then shared on Facebook by State Committeewoman Amanda Orlando Kesterson, with a post that read:

I find it absolutely despicable that the PTO of one of our local elementary schools would bring this political agenda before our children. The parents or teachers responsible for this disgusting display should claim responsibility publicly and apologize publicly as well. If it was an employee of our school system, I expect Dr. Safier to deal appropriately with this individual for this political ploy which has no place in our schools.

Donald Trump is our president and he deserves respect. We should teach our children that the office of the president ALWAYS deserves respect. Our school system is not the place for nasty political agendas.

The school's principal, Telena S. Imel, wrote a letter which said:

One game brought in by a parent included the name of our president painted on a tombstone. While, according to the parent, this was designed to be humorous, a number of attendees rightfully felt that it showed disrespect. And, intentionally or not, it inappropriately brought a political agenda into what was designed to be a fun family affair...our job is to train students to think for themselves, to understand their emotions, and to show respect, not to persuade them of any opinions, political or otherwise. 

What saddens me most is that some of our families were understandably uncomfortable while attending this event. Our school, and this includes events sponsored by related groups, is not the place for politics.

Does anyone believe that the parent who thought this would be funny thought it wouldn't be political? That she would have thought it was funny if, heaven forbid, it had said "Barack Obama?” I think we all know the answer to those questions.