A teacher in the US state of Iowa is under investigation after being photographed wearing blackface at a Halloween party.
It is thought that Mega Luloff, who is a teacher at Walcott Elementary, was impersonating the character LaFawnduh from the 2004 movie Napoleon Dynamite.
In the images which were shared online, the 32-year-old is seen wearing a black wig as well as having black makeup on her arms, face and neck.
Her photograph has since been removed from the school's website, while NAACP officials are calling on the Davenport School District administrators to fire the teacher.
Betty Andrew, who is the president of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP Conference of Branches, told the New York Post that she was shocked by the images.
I had to check my calendar and my location to know that this happened in 2018.
It was equally disturbing that this is a teacher who is supposed to provide a safe and equitable environment for all students.
It’s incredibly concerning that she was with a group of people who didn’t say, ‘Hey, this is a problem.'
Clearly someone did find it offensive though because that is why we got the photo in the first place.
She added that she thinks Luloff should be "dismissed" from the school as her "presence could be detrimental to any student she teaches, particularly African-American students."
The New York Post reports that the photos received two complaints about the photos involving Luloff, who has been working in the school district for the last nine years.
Superintendent Art Tate reportedly wrote in an email to the Quad-City Times:
The wearing of blackface is never appropriate in any circumstance by any person. The issue is under investigation by the district.
In a further statement, district officials 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.
Luloff's profile is allegedly no longer on the school's website but she is let to give a statement in regards to the photos.
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