A public school district staffer wore blackface to work last week and soon was removed and placed on administrative leave, Newberg (Oregon) Public Schools said in a
What are the details?
While the district did not go into detail about Friday's incident,
— via media partner the Newberg Graphic — said the culprit is a Mabel Rush Elementary School special education assistant who dressed as Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks and used iodine as a face darkener to protest a statewide vaccine mandate.
The station said the disclosure came from a fellow Mabel Rush staffer who requested anonymity. While KOIN named the staffer who wore blackface, TheBlaze will not do so until the district does.
"It's just one thing after another, and as a parent you question sending your kid to school after awhile — at least I do," Shannon Benito, whose daughters attend Mabel Rush Elementary,
Tai Harden-Moore told the station she feels as though some connected to the district "really want us to go back to that Jim Crow era, back to the Civil Rights era." She added to KGW that her son, who is black, "was called the N-word in 7th grade" and that "the school did very little about it. Their approach was to protect the student who did it."
Harden-Moore told the station that her son left Newberg High School and moved to a Portland school.
Tami Erion, the high school's principal, told the station in an email that photos of students were used, as well as with racist and homophobic slurs.
And the Newberg School Board for months has been trying to ban teachers from hanging
Black Lives Matter and Pride flags
in their classrooms, KGW reported, adding that the board recently broadened the ban to include all "controversial political symbols" in schools.
Newberg elementary school staffer placed on leave after showing up to work in blackface
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