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Conn. Parents Say They’re Furious Over ‘Slavery’ Portion Of Class Trip

Say Students Pretended To Pick Cotton And Were Subjected To Racial Slurs
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HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Some parents at a Connecticut school say they are furious after their children participated in an apparent slavery reenactment during a class trip.

Seventh graders at Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy went on a four-day trip to Nature’s Classroom in Massachusetts last year.

Parents of some black students said that their kids were asked to pretend that they were on a slave ship and pick cotton. They also said their children were chased through the woods and that an offensive racial slur was used.

“The fact that they used the N-word. I mean how dare you do that, say that to my child and call it an educational experience?” Sandra Baker said.

Baker said she has since pulled her daughter out of the school.

Nature’s Classroom did not immediately comment on the accusations.

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