SAUGUS (CBSLA) — Some California parents are up in arms after they say a life-size scarecrow depicting President Donald Trump was placed at an elementary school.
A Facebook post on the Santa Clarita Community Watchdog page shared an image of the scarecrow, which reportedly was placed at Santa Clarita Elementary School in Saugus.
“No matter what your political affiliation is, this was 100% inappropriate for elementary students to see at Santa Clarita Elementary today!!” the Facebook post read.
Another person wrote, “Ouch. Wrong wrong. Kids don’t need to be subject to this. No matter what these people think of our President, he IS our President and deserves respect for the position. It’s not the educators position to encourage our children to disrespect anyone.”
But not everyone found the scarecrow to be offensive.
“I’m fine with it. Left-leaning indoctrination has been occurring in every grade level, since, forever. Kids will graduate and quickly see that the real world doesn’t play by elementary school rules … ” wrote one.
“I could honestly care less there are more important things to focus on,” wrote another.
CBS2’s Greg Mills said the scarecrow has everyone talking and he talked to several parents who were decidedly on both sides of the debate.
“We need to have respect for our president and to allow young children to depict the president in that manner is disrespectful,” said one woman who chose to remain anonymous.
Mills reported that the school conducts a scarecrow contest every year — class against class. And many found a scarecrow of the president, classless.
One parent questioned why Trump looked scary while the other scarecrows in the contest appeared to be happy.
While some called for the teacher’s firing many also stood up for her calling her an exceptional teacher.
One father said it was the kids’ idea and the Trump image was one the student owned.
Mills reached Lee Morrell with the school district for a comment but told him the district hasn’t had a chance to look into it — they were unaware of the firestorm until this morning.
Sara Barsh, the president of the school’s Parent-Teacher Club wrote, “I apologize if this is offensive. I do not believe it is the student’s intention to be political.”