Iowa teacher under investigation after wearing blackface to Halloween party
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A first-grade teacher in Iowa is facing scrutiny after photos of her wearing in blackface for a Halloween costume emerged online.

Art Tate, superintendent of the Davenport School District in Iowa, confirmed that Walcott Elementary teacher Megan Luloff is currently under investigation after photos surfaced of her wearing blackface at a Halloween party on Friday, The Associated Press reported.

Luloff was reportedly attempting to emulate Lafawnduh, a black character from the 2004 film  “Napoleon Dynamite.”


Linda Hayes, who currently serves as vice president of the district’s school board, told the Quad-City Times that she could not “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,” Hayes said. 

“We are working very hard with professionals from across the country and within the state to assist with the problem of disproportionality, and one of our own is fueling the fire with blatant racism," Hayes continued. “All I can say is it's very sad, and totally unacceptable." 

The school district also said in a statement to The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that it will determine how to best address the incident and Luloff’s employment after further investigation.

"The district strives to provide a quality education enriched by our diverse community, in a fair and supportive environment for all," the statement said. "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," the statement concluded.