Roommates, it’s always in the best interest of the teacher and students to be as respectful as possible about the subject of slavery. Well, one New York teacher obviously did not get the memo.
According to ABC 7, a fourth-grade teacher at North Elementary School has been placed on administrative leave after being accused of having white students bid on black classmates during a mock slave auction.
The mother of one of the black students says the incident happened earlier this week, and has had a horrible impact on her child, who was instructed to call the white student “master”.
“Not only was he and another student put up for bid, but they were instructed to call the winning bidders by master,” she said via email. “He no longer wants to go to school, has stated that he didn’t want to be black anymore, and can feel a difference in class since I have called the principal.”
Although the teacher’s name has not been released, the school district did put out a statement following the incident saying:
“The teacher has been paced on administrative leave pending full investigation into the matter. The school district will not be providing additional comments until the investigation has been completed.”
A fifth-grade student at a private school in Westchester County was previously fired in March after parents complained she also held mock slave auctions.
The school says they are now looking for better ways to integrate slavery into lesson plans, as the intention is not to offend or degrade students, but to teach valuable lessons about how people felt during slavery times.