A week after student drawings of slave auction posters at one school for a class assignment drew concerns and removal of the images, Maplewoodian.com has learned that an actual mock slave auction was held in another district school, according to a letter sent home to parents by the class teacher.
Several students in a fifth-grade class at Jefferson School apparently participated in a mock slave auction held when their teacher was away and a substitute teacher was in charge.
See the letter sent home to parents below (We have removed the teacher's identity). It states, in part, that the teacher was "concerned about the students who viewed and participated in this re-enactment." Also that a video of the event was made.
This follows last week's revelation that students at South Mountain School had drawn slave auction posters, which were displayed in the school. They were eventually removed and a letter sent out apologizing for the incident that many regarded as insensitive.
Both events were part of the regular fifth grade lesson program on American Colonization.
We have reached out to the district for a response, but have yet to receive any comment or explanation.The district is closed for a second day due to the recent blizzard.