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The principal of Friendship Elementary School in Glen Rock, Pa. is taking heat for dressing in Blackface during a staff training event.

Lisa Boyer reportedly had her staff play a game based on the television show “Family Feud.” So she dressed up as host Steve Harvey; in a man’s suit, a costume cap to cover her hair, and makeup to darken her skin color, according to reports.

A photo taken by a teacher five months ago recently leaked on Twitter and now the school has been accused of trying to cover up and downplay the incident.

“I understand the teachers that attended were also offended and also reported it to administration, and that’s how the disciplinary action started,” York chapter NAACP president Sandra Thompson said.

“The history of blackface has always been entertainment for white people,” she said. “It has always been used to entertain white people. That form of entertainment has always meant to be hurtful to black people.”

“What would make you think that we would be entertained?” she added. “What have you gauged in the atmosphere of the school district that would make you think we would find blackface entertaining?”

After the photo was leaked, Thompson says Southern York County School District asked the NAACP and to become a part of its diversity committee.

Administrators would not reveal how Boyer was disciplined but claim she apologized to her staff for being insensitive.

A statement from the school district read, “The School District’s central office administration was advised of the principal appearance later that same day, and the incident was immediately investigated. After completing the investigation, the principal was disciplined and apologized to school staff who were present for the incident. The central office administration also made clear to the principal that such conduct violated both the letter and the spirit of the School District’s nondiscrimination policies. This matter was not ‘swept under the rug,’ it was promptly addressed — and it was made clear that this incident was inappropriate within the school setting. The School District has, and will continue to strive, to offer both its students and employees a school environment that is free from racially insensitive conduct.”

Boyer’s email to the York Daily Record read, “My intention was never to offend anyone; however, I understand now how my actions could be viewed as insensitive and inappropriate. I deeply regret my decision and have learned from it. Even though I did not have ill intent, my poor choice was addressed by both the administrative team and school board. On top of those repercussions, I publicly apologized to staff and met with some parents as well.”

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5 thoughts on “Elementary School Principal Apologizes After Appearing In Blackface

  1. Christianforreal on said:

    My question is this, IF this was done ‘innocently’ and she was just trying to portray Steve Harvey, with the black face and mustache, why did she not ‘innocently’ shave her head? If she thought that the mustache, coupled with the blackface would make her more recognizable as him, why not seal it with the shaved head?

  2. Here we go agin ANOTHER INSENSITIVE WHITE DEVIL !!!!! Do we need to RUN an ad specifically for WHITE FOLKS to advise them on what is RACIALLY INAPPROPRIATE!!!!! It is abt TIME for something to be DONE.There is a STRONG need for an AWAKENING IN WHITE AMEERIKA!!!!!And we as BLACK FOLK need to ADDRESS this CRISIS A.S.A.P. AMERIKA WHITE priviledge IS DEAD!!!!!! POWER TO E PEOPLE!!!!!!

    • Michael Middleton on said:

      @chas…..The only way we as Blacks will overcome this White trash stupidity is to work diligently to become self-sufficient and less depend upon them. These people are who they have been for centuries and our complaining is not going to change their belief system nor behavior. As Maya Angelo stated, “If they show you who they are, believe them”. They have shown us time after time after time…so when will we believe them?

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