New York Teacher Made Black Students Act as Slaves in Mock Auction, Told Them to Call White Students Playing Owners 'Master'

A school in New York is investigating claims that one its teachers got black students to pretend to be slaves in a mock auction during a school lesson.

Nicole Dayes, said that her fourth-grade son was put into the middle of the class with another African-American child at Watertown City's North Elementary School.

"The teacher then started the 'bidding' by assigning prices to the Caucasian students. After the winning bid was placed, my son was then told how slaves would take the slave owner's last name and what he was to call the slave owner by," she said.

"Then my son and the other 'slave' were instructed to call the Caucasian child by 'master' and the child's last name," Dayes told WWNYTV.

Another parent of a fourth-grade student, David Ackley told the station: "I was taken aback, shocked actually to think that a school would actually do something like that in today's day and age. If it actually happened, I think it's absolutely ridiculous."

Dawn Finley said: "I have a grandson that's black and if it was him that was sold as a slave, I would've been right to school. My feelings on it, I do believe that the teacher should be fired," said

Watertown City District would not identify the teacher but did say it had "received complaints from parents that a fourth grade teacher exercised poor judgment in teaching a recent lesson. The teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending a full investigation into the matter."

In March, a teacher at a private school in Westchester County, New York, was fired for allegedly asking African-American students to raise their hands, go stand in the hallway and have imaginary chains placed on their necks, wrists and ankles.

When they returned to the classroom, the teacher carried out a pretend auction of the students to illustrate the fate of Africans enslaved to white plantation owners, CNN reported.

The New York Attorney General's office found that incident had a "profoundly negative effect on all of the students present, especially the African-American students."

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