School District Is Investigating After First-Grade Teacher Shows Up to Halloween Party in Blackface


Megan Luloff, a first-grade teacher at Walcott Elementary in Iowa, decided to join her friends and dress as a character from the cult classic film “Napolean Dynamite” for Halloween.

The 32-year-old teacher chose to dress as Lafawnduh, a character from the popular movie who is black, the Quad-City Times reports.

Now, she’s in hot water after she went to the “Boos Bash” in full blackface to try to portray the character, who was originally played by actress Shondrella Avery.

Luloff appeared to have painted nearly her whole body for the Friday night party — and it’s landed her under investigation by the Davenport School District.

The school district said in a statement:

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 statement also said that the images “run counter to the respect, values, and beliefs the district promotes.”

Linda Hayes, the school board vice president, told the Quad-City Times:

“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. 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. All I can say is it’s very sad, and totally unacceptable.”

The school district itself is under state supervision for treating minority students “differently.”

According to the Quad-City Times, an adviser for the Department of Education said minority students in that district disproportionately face disciplinary action.

The NAACP has called for Luloff to be fired, KTNV reports. For now, no decision has been announced regarding her employment.

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