Another Gwinnett County School in Trouble Over Slavery

LILBURN, Ga (WAOK)-Parents at another Gwinnett County elementary school are upset after, they say, a teacher organized and participated in a game with children involving slavery reenactment.

At least two third-grade students from Camp Creek Elementary School in Lilburn reported they played a game of tag where some of the children were slaves and others were slave catchers.

Gwinnett County Schools spokesman Jorge Quintana said the district investigated the reports but their findings differ from the story told by the children. “The district determined that the activity was student-initiated and that allegations regarding the teacher’s involvement were unfounded,” he said in a statement.

The children however, said the teacher participated in the game by playing the role of the safe house guard. The teacher reportedly told the students playing the slaves  when to run.

The Gwinnett County school district said it would sit down with any parent who has concerns about the incident and explain what happened.  Quintana said they are planning diversity training for staff as a result of the incident.

This is the second Gwinnett County elementary school to be embroiled in controversy over lessons involving slavery. A teacher at Beaver Ridge Elementary school resigned earlier this month after parents and community activists protested against a math lesson sent home that included references to slavery in several questions.

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