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Massachusetts Teacher On Leave for Mock Slave Auction

By    |   Monday, 03 June 2024 08:18 PM EDT

A teacher in Massachusetts has been placed on leave after hosting a mock slave auction and using the n-word in class.

In a letter to parents, the Northborough-Southborough Superintendent Gregory Martineau confirmed the teacher's suspension for actions that occurred at Margaret A. Neary Elementary School.

In January, during a history lesson on the economy of southern colonies, the educator, who was not named by the district, held an impromptu mock slave auction, asking two children of color to stand in front of the room, with the educator and class discussing their physical attributes, the district said.

"Holding a mock slave auction is unacceptable and violates the district's core values," Martineau said. "Simulations or role plays when teaching about historical atrocities or trauma are not appropriate, and these teaching methods are not to be used."

In April, the same educator was reading a book aloud to a group of 5th graders. In discussing the text, the educator used the 'n-word,' Martineau said. The n-word does not appear in the book, Martineau said.

"Dehumanizing words such as slurs should not be spoken by employees or students," Martineau said. "Using such words can harm students and negatively impact an open discussion on a particular topic."

Parents met with the teacher and principal to learn about the two incidents. The next day, the teacher called out the student who had reported their use of the racial slur, which Martineau said was "not acceptable."

Aside from the teacher, principal Kathleen Valenti was placed on administrative leave for 10 days while the district investigated. The district said it is still investigating the teacher.

"I apologize for the events that took place," Martineau said. "I acknowledge that there were missteps in this process that further complicated the situation. Ultimately, I am responsible for ensuring students are in safe and supportive learning environments."

Sam Barron

Sam Barron has almost two decades of experience covering a wide range of topics including politics, crime and business.

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