Mock Slave Auctions ‘Profoundly’ Traumatize Students, State Investigation Finds

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A private school in Bronxville, New York held mock slave auctions in several fifth grade classrooms that “had a profoundly negative effect” on children, a state investigation revealed. A teacher at The Chapel School was fired after having white students bid on Black classmates during a March 5 incident.

On May 29, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced an agreement with the school to change the way it approaches diversity and inclusion.

The school will have to hire a chief diversity officer, establish a staff diversification plan, and increase financial aid to allow for a diverse student body. It will also be required to establish a formal complaint procedure for students and parents to report harassment and discrimination.

“Every young person — regardless of race — deserves the chance to attend school free of harassment, bias, and discrimination,” James said in a statement. “Lessons designed…

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