The Washougal School District said it has concluded an investigation into allegations that students exhibited racist behavior during a Washougal High School volleyball match on Sept. 15.
A source who wished to remain anonymous told the Post-Record that at least one student was allowed to attend the match while wearing “blackface,” a term used to describe dark makeup worn by a person that mimics and mocks the appearance of a Black person.
“There was an incident reported to us regarding one student at the WHS volleyball game early in the season whose conduct was offensive,” Les Brown, the district’s director of communications and technology, told the Post-Record this week.
The anonymous community member who contacted the Post-Record said the volleyball game’s theme was “dress in all black” but that, when at least one student allegedly arrived wearing blackface, they were not ejected from the game.
Brown said the district took “immediate actions” after being informed of the incident, but declined to comment on the investigation or its conclusions.