When Megyn Kelly said she didn’t think wearing blackface on Halloween is offensive, there was at least one woman in Iowa who took those comment and ran with them.
A white elementary school teacher is now in similar job jeopardy as Kelly after she showed up to a Halloween party on Friday with her entire face and body painted brown as part of her costume, reported the Quad City Times.
According to Art Tate, superintendent of the Davenport School Disctrict in Iowa, Megan Luloff — a first-grade teacher at Walcott Elementary — is under investigation for showing up to the party dressed as Lafawnduh, a black character in the 2004 movie “Napoleon Dynamite.”
The Associated Press reported that Luloff did not respond to a request for comment.
Linda Hayes, vice president of the district’s school board, told the Quad-City Times that phots of Luloff’s costume must have offended many students of color.
“I cannot clearly articulate how offensive and appalling it is to people of color,” she said, according to the newspaper. “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 wrote in a statement that it will make a decision about Luloff’s employment once the investigation is complete.
“The district strives to provide a quality education enriched by our diverse community, in a fair and supportive environment for all,” the statement read. “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 statement continued. “The district will determine how to best address the matter after further investigation.”
(Photo: Indeed/Getty Images)