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School Under Fire After 'Slave Auction'

Spokesperson says it was not authorized by the district
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 22, 2017 7:19 PM CDT

(Newser) – Parents at a New Jersey school are outraged after white students held a reenactment of a slave auction of a black child during class, the AP reports. A spokesperson for the South Orange Maplewood school district outside New York says the assignment was not authorized by the district. Spokesperson Suzanne Turner says a substitute teacher was in charge of the class at the time. She says the district is looking into training and improved supervisory protocols for substitute teachers.

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The mock slave auction happened in the same district where students created posters for slave auctions as part of a curriculum about the colonial era. Superintendent John Ramos said at a board meeting Monday night that there was no intent to be demeaning in either assignment. (This has been a problem more than once in the past.)

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