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VMI issues statement after 'Trump's Wall' Halloween costume goes viral

LEXINGTON, Va. – Virginia Military Institute issued a statement after a video of cadets wearing a controversial Halloween costume went viral.

In the video, a number of cadets can be seen dressed up as "Trump's Wall" with a derogatory Hispanic term written on the costume.

VMI administrators released this statement:

During the Halloween festivities this past week, a costume portraying “Trump’s Wall” with an inscribed derogatory term was in poor taste and demonstrated a lack of appreciation that it was offensive.  This matter raises the issue of civility in both the initial presentation of the costume and in the reaction and counter reaction it has engendered.  This lack of civility is inappropriate and does not represent the values of the Institute.  As members of the VMI community, we should and will hold ourselves to a higher standard.  The VMI leadership does not tolerate this type of behavior and is addressing the matter with the Corps of Cadets.