Parents of students at Camp Creek Elementary School in Lilburn, Ga., are outraged after a 3rd-grader told her mother about a “slave game” students had been instructed to play, station WSBTV reports.
“It was kind of like tag, but we were slaves and slave catchers,” mother Ericka Lasley said her daughter told her, the station reports.
Another parent, Charvia Rivers, says her children reported the same thing, but Gwinnett County Schools spokesman Jorge Quintana told the station that a district investigation found that the teacher did not organize the game.
“The district determined that the activity was student-initiated and that allegations regarding the teacher’s involvement were unfounded,” Quintana said in a statement to the station. Nevertheless, the district is planning to hold diversity training for teachers in light of the incident.
This “insensitive” game comes after another Georgia elementary school sparked national outrage over math word problems which used examples of slavery.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution provided the text of the problems:
“Each tree had 56 oranges. If 8 slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?” and “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in 1 week?”
Soon, national criticism turned to local protest as dozens of parents and community members rallied outside the elementary school chanting “fire them now” while carrying signs.
Following the protest, the district launched an investigation and found four teachers to be responsible for the problems. A spokesperson told the Associated Press that one of the teachers resigned, but would not comment on the other three.