A first grade teacher at Walcott Elementary in Walcott, Iowa showed up to a Halloween party in full blackface, according to The Root. Pictures were then posted to social media.
From there, the news spread.
Megan Luloff reportedly came with an entourage dressed as characters from Napoleon Dynamite. Here she is posing with one of her friends.
Luloff came as Lafawnduh, a Black character in the film.
The teacher decided to paint her entire body black for the costume.
Soon her poor choice made the nightly news across the country. Here it is reported by a station in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Davenport School District Superintendent Art Tate said:
“The wearing of blackface is never appropriate in any circumstance by any person. The issue is under investigation by the district.”
Currently, the Davenport district itself is under scrutiny by the state of Iowa for having a history of discriminating against minority students.
The investigation began after schools “reportedly placed a disproportionate number of non-white students in special education classes and disciplined minority students more frequently and handed out harsher punishments than it did to white students.”
Iowa Teacher Megan Luloff Wears Blackface to Halloween Party https://t.co/lKS1yjm5KQ
— Reformed Bully (@ReformedBully) October 25, 2018
Megan Luloff. Bc anyone who’s sooooo fucking stupid and tone deaf to go out in public, much less outside their bathroom like that, deserves to have their name blasted. Fucking idiot…. https://t.co/HldqUPjWPE
— Kathryn Michele (@MlleKatMichele) October 25, 2018
— Chris A. Santana (@Chrisnyc87) October 26, 2018
— Jane Genova (@Genova_Jane) October 26, 2018
— Mina Klonopina (@KlonnieChron) October 25, 2018
Linda Hayes, the liaison for the district’s disproportionality initiatives, stated:
“I cannot clearly articulate how offensive and appalling it is to people of color. In light of our recent developments within the district, this was in very poor taste, not to mention totally out of line with regard to professionalism.”
I can’t fathom why .@meganluloff would decided to Blackface to a party and not expect once images are posted to social media people would take offense to her racist ‘costume #Blackface #WalcottElementary #SchoolTeacher #MeganLuloff #Shameful #Halloween #NapoleonDynamite https://t.co/2RP27zfRKa
— Cherry the Geek (@cherry_LA) October 26, 2018
R/T Megan Luloff. She’s a teacher at Walcott Elementary school in Davenport, Iowa. My God she teaches ??♀️#blackface
— Candice Nesbitt (@CandiceNesbitt) October 26, 2018
@meganluloff You are an educator! This is not OK! What is wrong with you? I truly hoped you learned something from this experience and also the person that is standing next to you!
— The A-Team (@BaracusTeam) October 25, 2018
When that Iowa teacher named Megan Luloff makes international headlines for being a Racist! Unbelieveable.#PleaseFireThisMeganToo
— alicia cabrerathomas (@aliceinglen) October 26, 2018
The school district’s statement said:
“The district was very recently made aware of these images of a district employee at a non-school related event, and an internal investigation is currently ongoing. The board does not condone the insensitivity these images depict and is very disappointed something like this is now connected to our school community.”
“The district strives to provide a quality education enriched by our diverse community, in a fair and supportive environment for all. The images run counter to the respect, values, and beliefs the district promotes and should not be a reflection on the District as a whole.”
“This situation is not taken lightly by any member of the board. The district will determine how to best address the matter after further investigation.”
Luloff has not been fired. She has made no public comment yet.