May 5, 2018
Parents and other community members in Chula Vista are fuming over a mural at the MAAC Community Charter School that depicts an Aztec warrior putting a spear through President Donald Trump’s decapitated, bloody head.
MAAC Charter, chartered by Sweetwater Union High School District, touts itself as a community school that offers students a unique curriculum in which students learn traditional subjects in relation to real-world issues.
Director Tommy Ramirez says this mural was a part of Battlegroundz, an annual event which highlights the urban art form of street murals to raise money to provide scholarships for seniors.
The mural was among many colorful, spray-painted works on a wall along the back of the school. It depicts an Aztek warrior with a purple skull and tiger helmet adorned with feathers, clutching a spear in his right hand with the severed head of Donald Trump.
“It’s art, but I don’t think it should be there,” parent Marisol Alvarado told KUSI.
“Really, I don’t have no words for it, actually,” resident Heidi Avent said. “Because, ya, it wasn’t ok, I don’t think.”
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Many parents complained to the school district and area news sites, both about the overtly political message and violence depicted by the “art.”
Others seemed to like it.
“I’m cool with it, because I don’t like Donald Trump,” Xavier Ramos told KUSI. “It’s more like a representation of how people feel on the wall.”
“It looks real nice,” Sheoton Hall added. “I wish I would have drew it. Matter fact, I think I’ll go home and draw something similar.”
Public backlash about the painting ultimately forced school officials to cover the mural with a black tarp, which was later replaced with a piece of plywood.
“We understand that there was a mural painted at the event this past weekend that does not…