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Teachers at a Loudoun County, Virginia, elementary school instructed students to pretend to be slaves during a gym class activity for Black History Month, the president of a local NAACP chapter says.
Madison’s Trust Elementary School students participated in an “insensitive” activity during their physical education classes, Principal David Stewart said in a letter sent on Feb. 12 apologizing to parents.
The article goes on to state the following:
“The lesson was culturally insensitive to our students and families. I extend my sincerest apology to our students and school community,” Stewart said in the letter.
Loudoun County Public Schools spokesman Wayde Byard said the gym class began with a lesson about the Underground Railroad as part of Black History Month. Byard said all students in the exercise, including minorities, were asked to act as members of the Underground Railroad but didn’t specifically say students were asked to be slaves.
Students in grades 3-5, including African-American students, were then split into groups and challenged to overcome a physical obstacle. Some of the students pretended they were escaped slaves, the NAACP said.
Teachers at a Loudoun County, Virginia, elementary school instructed students to pretend to be slaves during a gym class activity for Black History Month, the president of a local NAACP chapter says. https://t.co/09fS23lD4f
— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) February 22, 2019
InspiringSister Top Story: @shomaristone: ‘BREAKING: An elementary school in Ashburn, VA played a runaway slave ‘game’ in gym class for black history month. NAACP says black 3rd-5th graders at Madison’s Trust Elementary… pic.twitter.com/SDf638U8yy, see more https://t.co/ygNu4e4kN7
— Sistergirl (@InspiringSister) February 22, 2019
The game is known as ‘Runaway Slave’… School officials are in an emergency meeting today with the NAACP, telling us this was beyond insensitive and should never have happened in a school.https://t.co/wat2tB5bbE
— John Gonzalez (@ABC7John) February 22, 2019
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