A Texas school district has disciplined students who it said engaged in an online "slave-trading game" and pretended to auction off classmates based on race. A student from the Aledo Independent School District posted a screen capture of the game on Snapchat. It shows students using a chat labeled "Slave trade," along with a racial slur, to "trade" students of color.
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Students at the Daniel Ninth Grade Campus were communicating on Snapchat and playing a "game" that put prices on children of color at the school and "trading" them.
What gives them the right to think they can do that to someone else? District leaders sent a note home to all parents, explaining that the students were disciplined.
However, some parents were upset with how the note was written, as it didn't once use the word racism, but instead called the behavior "cyberbullying. Online, someone told school board member Forrest Collins it was a hate crime, not boys being boys.
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Aledo ISD Superintendent Susan Bohn issued a new statement that said racism and hatred had no place in the district, and they were making sure students of color feel loved. Grubbs said the problem's bigger than this one instance.
He pulled his three kids from the district. My son being called out of his name and what not and it got to the point he didn't mind fighting and that didn't sit right with me and my wife," he said.
Parents are already planning to show up in force at the Aledo school board meeting next Monday to demand a stronger plan to address racism. Carter In The Classroom.
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