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Halloween Costume Scares Up Plenty of Controversy

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HOPKINSVILLE, Kentucky - A Halloween costume skit convinced administrators at Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Hopkinsville to require all employees to go through diversity training.

That skit involved one employee wearing a President Obama mask and a straight jacket.

The employee was flanked by two African American employees wearing law enforcement uniforms.

The skit titled "VIP Special Delivery" won third place in the hospital's annual costume contest Friday.

After hearing complaints, hospital administrators released a statement saying, "No matter who the President is they deserve respect and honor."

The hospital is also asking employees to refrain from political, religious, ethnic, and gender based costumes in the future.

Fox 17 News showed a picture of the costume skit to various people in Hopkinsville including C.E. Timberlake, the pastor of the 1st Street Baptist church.

"I think it's very very offensive," said Timblerlake. "There are other characters they could have dressed up and put a straight jacket other than the President of this country."

The Vice-Chair of the Christian County Republican Party points out President Obama is not the first to be made fun of on Halloween.

Joe Turner believes the costume makes an amusing statement inside a hospital.

"I couldn't help but think somewhere in the motive there was a jab at the affordable health care act," said Turner.

A hospital spokesperson says privacy rules prevent the hospital from saying if any of the three employees involved faced punishment.

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