WERE AM Mobile App 2020


Joy 107.1 Featured Video

Text “ERICA” to 52140 to join the Get Up! Mornings w/ Erica Campbell mobile club for exclusive news. (Terms and conditions). 

Teacher, mentor helps elementary-age schoolgirls with homework.

Source: fstop123 / Getty

A principal of an elementary school in Virginia is now apologizing after students were told during a gym exercise to act like runaway slaves for Black History Month.

Sign Up For Our Newsletter!

Principal David Stewart, of Madison’s Trust Elementary School sent a letter to parents saying, “The lesson was culturally insensitive to our students and families. I extend my sincerest apology to our students and school community.”

SEE ALSO: 13-Year-Old Commits Suicide After Being Bullied, Mom Pleaded With School And Bus Service To Help Him

According to NBC News, students in third through fifth-grade was told this was a “game” to see which groups would make it through an obstacle course that represented the Underground Railroad. During a board meeting, Michelle Thomas, president of the Loudoun County chapter of the NAACP mentioned that students got to pick whether they wanted to be a slave, sharecropper or landowner.

Thomas said, “Slavery was not a joke. You didn’t get to choose.”

Upset by what happened, retired educator, Linda Deans said, “Having a black male student crawling around on the floor in the dark as he re-enacted a lesson about a runaway slave is an offensive educational strategy.”

The principal wants to make sure that incidents like this never happen again and will be appointing “equity/culturally responsive team.”

Check out vintage photos of Black history being made in America below!


School Principal Apologizes After Students Were Told To Act Like Runaway Slaves For Black History Month  was originally published on getuperica.com