Louisiana middle school principal, high school coach wear offensive Halloween costumes

By The Grio

A middle school principal and high school coach are in hot water over offensive Halloween costumes that they wore earlier this month.

Iota Middle School Principal Lee Ann Wall and her husband Jeptha Wall, a coach at Crowley High School, wore costumes called “People of Walmart.” Jeptha was dressed with a red bandana around his waist, a gun in his belt and money poking out of his pockets. Lee Ann had a basket full of baby dolls, black and white, with a sign that read, “You wait on pay day, I be waiting for da first of da month!”

KLFY received the photo from a viewer who called the image a “display of classism and racism.”

“Wow, okay. So what is she trying to depict? Somebody who’s on welfare? If that is what she was trying to depict that’s even worse.” Alan Honersucker told KLFY.

Nathan Kresge, of Itoa, said, “To make fun of people that just can’t afford a better way of life, to make fun of them? That’s just ridiculous!”

While others are claiming that the costumes were simply meant to be costumes, Ellan Baggett, the Executive Director of Operations with the Acadia Parish School Board, has said that the school board had taken appropriate actions, though she did not divulge specifics.

 

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Klansman Halloween Costume

By Cavan Sieczkowski, Huffingtonpost.com

Jessica Black of Craigsville, Va., let her son, Jackson, dress as a Klansman with a floor-length white robe and full-faced white hood, according to local ABC affiliate WHSV. The outfit garnered media attention after a photo of the boy dressed in the KKK regalia was posted to the WHSV Facebook page. When Black was confronted by the news network, she defended her decision.o-KKK-COSTUME-570 “My brother has [worn it] when he was in Kindergarten and when he was 13,” Black said. She went on to claim there is nothing wrong with the costume or with the White Supremacist group, which she says still exists in their Virginia town. “It’s supposed to be white with white, black with black, man with woman and all of that. That’s what the KKK stands for.” (. . .) Another defended the child on the station’s “Daybreak” Facebook page, saying he probably thought it was a ghost costume. Some users were angry that the town was being criticized for the act of one individual, but others criticized these people for missing the larger point. “The fact of the matter is that this event could have happened anywhere in the US and you all being more outraged that your town has a bad name than the actual issue at hand is extremely disappointing,” wrote one woman. “A few of you have missed the point completely. Just because we are in a new century does not mean that racism is a thing of the past. Racism is alive and well and if you opened your eyes, you’d see it clearly.”

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A Disrespectful Halloween Costume is Causing Social Media Controversy

By Lily Worneh, TheGrio.com

An incendiary photo was posted to Facebook this Friday featuring two young Florida men dressed as George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, complete with blackface, a blood-stained hoodie and a shirt that reads, “Neighborhood Watch.” The image was reportedly uploaded by Caitlin Cimeno from Martha’s Vineyard who captioned the photo: “Happy Halloween from Zimmerman and Trayvon,” followed by a smiley face emoticon. Cimeno is pictured in the photo, posing in the middle between Greg Cimeno, 22, who dressed as Zimmerman, and William Filene, 25, who posed as Martin.

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In the photo, Greg Cimeno, of Cape Coral, Fl., points his hand like a gun and directs it at Filene’s head.

Meanwhile, Filene, who is white, painted his face black and is seen wearing a gray hoodie, which is marked by a single gunshot wound in the chest and surrounded by fake blood. (. . .)

Greg Cimeno reportedly wrote a comment below the photo saying, “Anything for the laugh,” which prompted one of Caitlin’s friends to write, “Not too funny.” In response, Greg said: “Not too funny. It’s f**king hilarious!!!” The photo also drew criticism from others who commented on the photo: “Anything for a laugh? so a kid gets murdered and its funny some people are beyond disgusting,” one person wrote.

Some took to Twitter to voice their disagreement over the photo: “That Trayvon Martin Halloween costume was just straight disrespect! There is NO EXCUSE for that,” one person said. “To take Trayvon Martin’s death and make a mockery out of it with a Halloween costume is sickening,” another tweeted.

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