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District closes investigation of Utah elementary school at center of Hitler Halloween costume controversy

By Lauren Bennett, | Posted - Nov. 8, 2019 at 5:36 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — An investigation into a Creekside Elementary School student’s controversial Halloween costume has ended, Davis School District officials said in a statement released Friday just before 5 p.m.

A 5th grader participated in the school’s Halloween parade dressed as Adolf Hitler, complete with a mustache, brown shirt and Nazi arm band, photos show.

In a statement from the district on Nov. 1, officials apologized for the incident, saying “speech, images or conduct that portray or promote hate in any form,” isn’t tolerated.

Also in that statement, officials said the district was taking the incident “very seriously” and an investigation was launched.

The incident sparked outrage among parents at the school and different communities.

In a statement released Nov. 1, the United Jewish Federation of Utah said the costume was “intolerably offensive.”

“Almost all Jews and Americans regard Hitler and Nazi symbols as signifiers of the worst hatred, racism, and crimes against humanity that the world has known. Dressing a child as Hitler is intolerably offensive and should never be suggested, permitted, or condoned,” the statement read.


A teacher and the school’s principal were placed on paid administrative leave while the district investigated the incident.

In the statement released Friday, district officials said both the teacher and principal had been reinstated.

The district did not release details about the investigation, including the results of it, citing state and federal laws that forbid disclosure of situations involving student and personnel issues.

The district followed policy and took “appropriate disciplinary action” in the matter, the statement read.

“The district will also continue and expand initiatives to educate and train school and department employees regarding the importance of protecting the rights of individuals,” officials said in Friday’s statement.

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