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Iowa Teacher Causes Backlash After Wearing Blackface To Halloween Party

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.”

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.”

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.

H/T: The Root, Twitter

Written by Mike Walsh

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