Source FB Monica Cannon-Grant This is Mitchell Elementary School 500 South St, Bridgewater, MA 02324 Call the School 508-279-2114 Principal: Heidi J Letendre Ask her why this is okay?? Demand that this Teacher is fired! Or The School District BRIDGEWATER-RAYNHAM REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 166 Mt Prospect Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324 Phone 508-279-2140 Mom is meeting with School administration today alone and needs our support! #FightSupremacy #BlackLivesMatter #ViolenceInBoston #stoppolicebrutality @yourrightscamp @kaepernick7 @boycottnfl2017 @shaunking @shannonsharpe84 @naacp SHARE...SHARE...SHARE..CALL CALL
The Mitchell Elementary School in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, is under intense fire after a photo appearing to show two white students in Colonial-era costumes holding a young black classmate on leashes began making rounds on the social media.
The controversial photo, which also included an adult dressed as a Pilgrim smiling into the camera, featured the African American student kneeling down in front of the group with what seemed like two leashes attached to her.
Apparently, a teacher from the school sent out the photo, drawing ire of parents repulsed by the image that looked more or less like a reenactment of slavery. Soon, the picture was posted on Facebook where it was shared at least 10,000 times before the person who posted it, online user Monica Cannon-Grant, made it private.
The internet, as expected, erupted in fury:
nahh my child just gon be home-schooled. fck yall. grown ass ppl don't know you not supposed to put a black child on a LEASH?!— 👑 (@Luneetuh) October 19, 2017
There is zero school situations that should have resulted in a black child specifically or any child generally on a damn leash. Period.— Caleph B. Wilson (@HeyDrWilson) October 20, 2017
I'm furious!!its a leash on the black girl y'all. I'm blacking out. pic.twitter.com/JRyKLWibWa— Ashanti. (@MotorCityVIXEN) October 19, 2017
You don’t put a leash around any child, let alone a black child! https://t.co/Pvx2SJVVEq— Una Voz Unida (@unavozunida) October 19, 2017
Well, as it turns out, the school is defending the picture, claiming it is not racist. Providing some much-needed context to an otherwise disturbing photo, the school said the photo was taken during a third-grade visit to the Plimoth Plantation, a history museum in Plymouth, where actors recreate the Pilgrim experience for visitors.
Apparently, some students also decided to dress up and the leashes were, in fact, “tethering straps” Pilgrim used on their toddlers to “teach them how to walk.”
Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District Superintendent Derek J. Swenson also released a statement, clarifying the school’s position.
A woman, who claimed to be the black student’s mother, also released a statement.
“My daughter said they asked for someone to volunteer as a baby and she did,” she said. “And it was the pilgrim lady's idea for her to kneel on the floor and the others to hold the leash.”
It is quite amazing how a teacher decided to circulate the photo without providing any background, completing overseeing how it came across as a racially charged classroom project portraying slavery.
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