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OC School Cancels Their Dress Like a Mexican Day

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In today's never-should-have-happened-in-the-first-place news, a school in Orange County has decided to shut down their annual Mexican-themed dress-up day, in which students dress as stereotypes of Mexican people for fun and camaraderie.

KTLA reports that the special day, called "Señores and Señoritas," led to students at Anaheim's Canyon High School dressing in costumes like a pregnant woman pushing a stroller, a gang member, a gardener, and border patrol agents arresting immigrants.

The OC Weekly first posted photos from the ASB-sanctioned event in June.

Of course, the school insists that the kids weren't being racist (kind of like how people who once dressed in blackface weren't racist -- just having fun!) but that after three years of holding the event and numerous complaints from Mexican students and faculty, cooler heads prevailed and they wisely decided to cancel the day.