'Catch a Slave' Game Alleged at Atlanta School

A teacher allegedly participated in a game that featured slaves and slave catchers.

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Children at a Georgia elementary school told their parents they were forced to play in a game called "Catch a Slave," according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report.

Four third-grade students who attend Camp Creek Elementary School in Atlanta said that they were forced to play a taglike game in which some of them were slaves and other students were slave catchers.

Parent Ericka Lasley said her 8-year-old daughter told her that the teacher came up with the idea based on material they were learning. "She would sit on the bench, and the slave catchers would come up to the door and ask did she have any slaves," the girl said.

Parents of the children involved in the game said it was inappropriate.

The school denied that the teacher was involved in the game. "The school district looked into concerns regarding four students who participated in a playground activity. The district determined that the activity was student initiated and that allegations regarding the teacher's involvement were unfounded."

It would appear that the state of Georgia is quickly becoming the home of racially insensitive teachers. Earlier this month, a teacher in an Atlanta school resigned after she wrote a slavery-themed question on a third-grade homework assignment.

If the teacher is found to have organized the "Catch a Slave" game, she should leave, just as the teacher who wrote the slavery-themed question did, because she lacks common sense.

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