Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

School Apologizes for Photo that Seems to Show Black Student on Leashes

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Marlene Weaver | 22 October, 2017, 15:42

A MA school district and museum are apologizing after a photo on Facebook depicting a black child wearing a 17th century-period dress that appeared to have leashes attached went viral.

The offensive classroom photo was shared on the school's Facebook page.

Teachers at Mitchell Elementary School in Bridgewater, Mass, insist it's all a big misunderstanding and say the picture - which shows two white children holding leashes - is not a depiction of slavery. The girl in the photo volunteered to take part in the lesson.

Now, the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District has issued a statement to apologise. "It's clearly what it looks like, it's disgusting", said one parent who refused to be identified.

She also shared the school principal's details and asked people to demand the teacher to be fired.

Rob Kluin, a spokesman for the museum, also apologized for "any misperceptions or concern" regarding the photo that depicted a mother and her three children, with the black student who wore the "leading strings" playing the role of the youngest child.

"Please note it was never the intent of the lesson to demean or degrade any one person or group".

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The criticism fell mostly on the smiling teacher.

"She needs to take her stupid a** to work at a ZOO. Even the color of the child has nothing to do with it", she stated.

Another wrote: 'STOP ASKING FOR CLARIFICATION AND MORE OF A DESCRIPTION!

The picture shows a white woman dressed as a pilgrim with her arms around two white children, also dressed as pilgrims, according to The Enterprise in MA.

"We are deeply saddened by this, as our museum's educational mission is to provide fun and engaging encounters with the history of the 17th-century Atlantic world", Kluim said.

They were used to help children learn to walk, and to keep them from wandering away.

"I grew up with Plimoth Plantation", Chris Chaves told the newspaper.

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