White teacher faces suspension for using Black students as slaves in school play

White teacher faces suspension for using Black students as slaves in school play

- A teacher has been put on suspension in an elementary school called West Woods School in Hamden for casting Black kids as slaves in play

- This comes on the back of a 10-year-old daughter's report to her father about the role she was given as a slave

- Carmen Parker, the father of the little girl took the issue seriously and confronted the school authorities who had to cancel the play

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An elementary school teacher at West Woods School in Hamden, Connecticut, in the United States has been put on suspension after casting Black children as slaves in a school pay.

Blackenterprise.com reports that the white teacher planned a school play based on the trans-Atlantic slave trade and placed Black children in the roles of slaves.

The play, which was titled “A Triangle of Trade,” was going to be performed in a West Woods fifth-grade classroom.

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Reports indicate that a complaint was launched by a man named Carmen Parker whose 10-year-old daughter was a cast in the play and told him about the play.

According to the young girl who is biracial, she was being cast as an ‘enslaved African.’ This didn’t sit well with her father, Parker, who filed a complaint with the school.

The teacher ended up cancelling the play and obtained a forceful administrative leave as a result.

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The district Director of Human Resources Gary Highsmith spoke in an interview saying, “The teacher in question has been placed on leave with pay, without prejudice, pending the outcome of [an] investigation".

Reports indicate that approximately 60% of the student body is comprised of students of colour while the teaching staff is about 90% white.

In other news, a 16-year-old form-two student from Ada Technical Senior High School in the Greater Accra region by name Ivy Lartey has taken to part-time work to fund her vacation classes.

This has been because her parents were unable to provide for her. According to a short documentary by 3news.com, Ivy has been on vacation since December 19, 2020, and is expected to resume school on March 1.

This counts as a three-month period of holidays after spending only a month in school.

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