Teacher resigns after alleged black-face photo controversy

A Pike County Schools District teacher resigned from her position on Tuesday after a photo of her allegedly in black-face surfaced and was shared on social media.

Pike County Schools Superintendent Reed Adkins said the teacher, whose name has been intentionally omitted from this report, tendered her resignation Tuesday morning while meeting with district officials. The teacher was employed at Belfry Middle School and served as an instructor and softball coach.

The photo of the teacher depicts her wearing a black substance on her face. The caption on the photo reads, “Working on gettin that free health care. This should get me at least 50% coverage, right?!”, a possible reference to an initiative announced recently by Gov. Andy Beshear to ensure all of Kentucky’s African-American population is covered by some form of health care coverage.

Adkins said the teacher told district officials that the black substance shown on her face, covering portions of her cheeks, forehead and chin, was a skincare product.

Adkins said the district has a strict social media policy upon which the district’s staff members are trained each year. Adkins said the district took the photo of the teacher shared on social media seriously and immediately launched an investigation into the matter.

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