NEWBERG, Ore. (KPTV) - An employee with Newberg Public Schools has been placed on administrative leave after reporting for work in Blackface, according to the district.
In a statement on its website, the district said the incident happened on Friday and the employee was removed from the location. The location and employee's name were not released by the district.
"The administration of Newberg Public Schools condemns all expressions of racism," the district said in a statement. "It is important to remember how Blackface has been used to misrepresent Black communities and do harm. We acknowledge the violence this represents and the trauma it evokes regardless of intention."
The district said the incident is under investigation and "appropriate action" will be taken. No additional details have been released by the district at this time.
Newberg Public Schools has made headlines this summer after the school board voted to ban teachers from displaying Black Lives Matter and Pride flags or signs. The ban received a lot of pushback from community members, and after more than a month-long debate about the decision, the board was set to discuss whether to rescind the ban and send it to a policy committee.
NEWBERG, OR (KPTV) - The Newberg School Board decided to postpone their decision on rescinding a controversial ban during a virtual meeting We…
Earlier this month during a meeting, board members went back and forth over the legality of keeping the ban in place. Ultimately, they voted 4-3 to push the decision to another day.
It was also recently discovered that some Newberg students used pictures of other students in a Snapchat group called "Slave Trade" with racial and homophobic slurs.
Newberg parents told FOX 12 they have to speak up against this.
"I'm not actually surprised that racism is in Newberg, like it's everywhere but it's just unfortunate to hear it's becoming so public, but at the same time maybe that's helpful if we see how overtly it is we can get serious about what's the root behind it versus just, 'oh, it doesn't happen here,'" one parent said.
Newberg Public Schools is holding a special board meeting on Wednesday at 7 p.m. It is open for public questions and comments. Anyone who would like to speak can register by 7 p.m. Tuesday by clicking here.