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Alabama teacher in Hot Water over Kanye West costume

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An elementary school teacher in Alabama has landed in hot water over a Halloween costume.

The fifth grade teacher in Decatur, Alabama, painted his face black as part of a Kanye West costume.

The picture gained widespread attention after it was posted on Reddit.

A parent at the school says he hopes the teacher learns a valuable lesson and will share it with students.

"If he's doing minstrel, he should have enough sense to know the roots of it," said Marcus Echols, a concerned parent. "How it started. It started as a derogatory act to show black people in a buffoonery and ignorant light. Even though that's not what he meant, that is the core root of the act."

The teacher issued a written apology to the entire Decatur community. In the letter, he said his intentions were not malicious.

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