A mural painted on a California charter school has sparked outrage for depicting an Aztec warrior spearing President Donald Trump’s decapitated head.
The artist, Sasha Andrade, claims that the high school approved of the image before she painted it.
The mural is one of several painted on the back of the MAAC Charter School in Chula Vista.
On Wednesday, following local news reports about the graphic image, the school covered the painting with a black tarp and asked the same artist to come back and modify it.
The mural was reportedly part of an event called “Battlegroundz” that the school holds annually to raise money for scholarships.
“We understand that there was a mural painted at the event this past weekend that does not align with our school’s philosophy of non-violence. We have been in communication with the artist who has agreed to modify the artwork to better align with the school’s philosophy,” MAAC Charter Director Tommy Ramirez said in a statement to News 8.
As KUSI reporter Dan Plante explained, the mission statement of the charter school is to “create a safe and accepting environment.”
“Taking a look at this mural, some people would question whether this is safe or accepting. Also, it is a federal crime to threaten the president of the United States,” Plante stated. “Was this a threat or is it simply freedom of expression?”