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Teacher put on leave after asking Black students to research ‘slave games’

Wisconsin

Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 4/16/2019, 10:47 a.m.
The Shorewood School District in Wisconsin has placed a teacher on leave because of an in appropriate..

The Shorewood School District in Wisconsin has placed a teacher on leave because of an in appropriate suggestion she made to African American students, reports WISN.com. The school superintendent said that during a recent seventh grade physical education class at Shorewood Intermediate School, the teacher shared an activity with students on the subject of games from around the world. After the class on April 1, allegations were made that the teacher had suggested to African American students in the class that they research games that had been played by enslaved children. The administration launched an internal investigation into the matter and has placed the teacher on leave, pending the findings of the investigation. A letter was sent home Thursday telling parents and guardians of the incident and the pending investigation. The letter read: “We take these allegations extremely serious. Throughout this situation, student safety and well-being have been our top priority. Our school counselor, school psychologist, Dean of Students, and the SIS principal have been providing support to the students who were directly involved in the incident. We wanted to make you aware of this development, and to reiterate that our students and families remain our highest priority.”