#BlackHistoryFail: Dumbest gym teacher ever made kids be ‘runaway slaves’ for activity
For Black History Month, students at a Virginia school were made to participate in a physical education activity that had them acting like runaway slaves.
Parents were outraged after students at Madison’s Trust Elementary School in Ashburn were made to mock runaway slaves in gym class earlier this month, reports the NY Post. The game involved having students work in groups and they had to run through an obstacle course that doubled as the Underground Railroad.
The principal admitted that the exercise was a mistake.
“The lesson was culturally insensitive to our students and families,” the principal, David Stewart, said in a statement. “I extend my sincerest apology to our students and school community.”
“It’s awful,” local NAACP President Michelle Thomas told NBC Washington. “It’s really insulting. It makes me feel unsafe because I have kids in Loudoun County Public Schools.”
“It shows that there’s some implicit bias problems right here at this school,” she added.
“Loudoun County has a history of miseducating kids, number one, and perpetrating racist things amongst our students. This is not the first one. This is the first one of many. This is the most egregious, and the timing is incredible,” Thomas said.
He has also vowed to have teachers re-teach materials too students and said the school will form an “equity and culturally responsive team” which will include parents and staff, so that this kind of insensitive error doesn’t occur again.
“Slavery was not a joke. You didn’t get to choose,” Thomas told the Loudoun School Board, last week.