EDUCATION

NJ parents reportedly outraged over 5th graders' slave auction poster assignment

Parents at an elementary school in New Jersey are slamming a class assignment calling on fifth grade students to create slave auction posters that apparently ended up being hung in the school's hallway without explanation.

ABC 7 described some of the posters. In one case, a poster listed the names of slaves up for auction. The poster listed a 12-year-old girl named "Anne," who was described as "a fine housegirl." Another poster read, "All slaves raised on the plantation of John Carter," and specified that only cash is accepted.

NJ.com reported that there was a meeting called at the South Mountain Elementary School in South Orange, which is outside Newark. The paper reported that parents criticized the school on social media and the school district is planning a meeting.

School officials told the paper that the project is part of a larger overall assignment, and has been in place for 10 years.

"One of the anti-bias experts highlighted the fact that schools all over our country often skip over the more painful aspects of American History, and that we need to do a better job of acknowledging the uglier parts of our past, so that children learn the full story," John Ramos, the district’s superintendent said in a note,” the paper reported.

Ramos agreed that the posters hung in the hallway should have had an explanation. The posters were removed from the hallways.