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Utah teacher, principal back at work in school where child was Hitler for Halloween

Davis School District says it doesn’t tolerate hate and ‘continues to apologize for the situation’

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SALT LAKE CITY — A principal and teacher are back at work after a week of paid leave from a Davis County school where a student apparently dressed as Adolf Hitler for a Halloween parade.

The Davis County School District announced Friday the teacher and administrator have been reinstated but did not specify why they were placed on leave during the now-completed district investigation.

“As you know, a student at Creekside Elementary recently took part in a school Halloween parade dressed in a costume that should not have been allowed,” district spokesman Chris Williams said in a news release. He said the district does not tolerate “speech, images or conduct that portray or promote hate in any form. Because of that, it continues to apologize for the situation.”

The mother of a fellow Creekside student first posted a photo of the costume on Facebook, where it quickly drew attention. She wrote the child had been making Nazi salute gestures “in the face of the few minority children who attend the school” during an in-school Halloween celebration.

Williams said the district has taken appropriate disciplinary action, without specifying who it was directed toward, and will “expand initiatives to educate and train school and department employees regarding the importance of protecting the rights of individuals.”

He provided no details on the discipline or plans for future initiatives, and did not return a Friday voicemail seeking further information.

The Utah chapter of Black Lives Matter and the United Jewish Federation of Utah have condemned the child’s costume. Both said administrators should issue guidance in advance about potentially inappropriate Halloween getups.