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Slavery re-enactment leads to human rights complaint against Hartford, Conn., school system

A slavery re-enactment involving students at a Connecticut magnet school has led to a human rights complaint against the school district.

Parents of a seventh-grader at the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy say the student was traumatized and subjected to racial epithets during a November trip to the Nature's Classroom program in Charlton, Mass. During the trip, students participated as slaves in a depiction of the Underground Railroad.

The complaint, first reported by The Hartford Courant, was filed with the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. It led to a meeting in August between program officials and the state Department of Education.

Jon Santos, the director of Nature's Classroom, says changes are being made to the activity and he apologizes if anyone used slurs.

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