How would you feel if you came to pick your child up from school and your fifth grader started to tell you about his day and it kinda included him being a part of a slave auction. And yeah! He was the slave. Immediately you’re on fire, right? Well, this incident actually occurred in an elementary school as a part of a social studies lesson right after Black History Month.
Chapelfield Elementary School in Gahanna, Oh.–a suburb of the state’s capitol, Columbus, Oh.–ran a mock slave auction in class as a part of a state required exercise, according to 10tv.com The classroom was divided into slaves and masters and 10-year old Nikko Burton was put on the auction block. He was poked and prodded, his mouth was opened and reviewed, everything a real slave auction would entail.
But, once he got home and told his mother, Aneka Burton, role play time was over! She wanted answers and apologies. Which she should have received as expeditiously as she did. While 10tv was interviewing her, the principal called and apologized and the school has issued another formal statementand apology. But after the slave auction, Nikko Burton was teased and thus, “humiliated.”
Check out the rest of the story here. In the meantime, we’ll be cruising CNN and waiting to see if his mother nuts up and holds hostages until she gets the principal and the teacher in a pillory.