District probes report that teacher wore blackface at party

Published: Oct. 25, 2018 at 7:22 AM CDT
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The Davenport School district is investigating reports that a teacher was wearing blackface at a public Halloween party.

The Quad-City Times reports that Walcott Elementary teacher Megan Luloff was among people at a Halloween party at the Walcott American Legion who portrayed characters from the movie "Napoleon Dynamite." She reportedly dressed as Lafawnduh, a character who is black.

Luloff didn't immediately return messages left Thursday by The Associated Press.

District Superintendent Art Tate says "the wearing of blackface is never appropriate in any circumstance by any person."

The district is under state supervision because a disproportionate number of minority students have been identified for special education and subject to disciplinary actions.

Betty C. Andrews with the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP Conference of Branches says "the revelation that the woman in blackface is a teacher who is expected to provide a safe and equitable classroom environment for all children is very disconcerting."