LIBERAL Teacher Duct Tapes WHITE 8th Grade Students Wrists, What Happens Next Has Parent FURIOUS!


A high school in Cerritos, California is under fire after a highly inappropriate and very controversial student history project about slavery. Whitney High School decided that a surprise reenactment would be a “unique” way for students to identify with slavery.

The Daily Mail provided a glimpse into the teacher’s rationale for the classroom exercise:


In the original email to parents, teacher Kevin Harp of himself and two other white history teachers: ‘In order to help students understand the psychological impact of slavery on Africans brought over to this country, all of us do a simulation activity in our classes that tries to recreate the voyage that slaves went on across the Atlantic Ocean, on their way to the new world.

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‘We will be acting as slave ship captains and your son/daughter will be pretending to be a slave.

‘When class starts, we will sternly tell them to line up outside the room, use masking tape to “tie” their wrists together, make them lay on the ground inside the room (which will be dark), shoulder to shoulder with each other (boys and girls in separate rows) and then while they lay there, have them watch a clip from the film Roots.’


According to CBS Los Angelos


“A mother complained recently after getting an email from her son’s teacher explaining the ‘unique classroom activity,’ which was to be a surprise. Staff would act as slave ship captains, the email described, and the children slaves.

Whitney High School junior Timothy Reyes had his hands taped together and was a part of a slave ship reenactment when he was an 8th grader on the Cerritos campus.”

In a surprise project teachers and staff lined students up using masking tape to ‘tie’ students wrists together.  They then made students lay on the ground in a dark room where they forced students to watch a clip from the film Roots all in an effort to teach students about the horrors of the slave trade.

In an email to parents last week, staff at Whitney High School in Cerritos, California, described the controversial reenactment as a 'unique classroom activity' and asked parents not to tell their child about it on order not to ruin the surprise

Many parents are furious and even some teachers state they had serious objections to the activity. Students across the board of all racial backgrounds took issue with how this activity addressed this topic, with many stating it was the absolute wrong way to handle it.

Yet this has apparently been a part of the school’s curriculum for the last 10 years. The school is made up mostly of Asian and Hispanic students and there are only 20 black students out of 1,000.

Parent Sharde Carrington complained, calling the exercise ‘insensitive’ and asking that her son not be included. She was shocked to receive a response from social studies head Derek Jeans who not only defended the exercise but made claims he had only ever received ‘universal appreciation’ for it.  He vowed to continue to the project despite her concerns.

In an email to parents last week, staff at Whitney High School in Cerritos, California, described the controversial reenactment as a 'unique classroom activity' and asked parents not to tell their child about it on order not to ruin the surprise

On the surface, some believed that a re-enactment of the horrific nature of the slave trade could easily be beneficial for both students and faculty. It is one thing to see drawings in books or read accounts of events from the time period. It is altogether different to see something like that in real life. The teachers that crafted the idea of the reeactment believed the activity could have done a great deal to impart information.

However, you do NOT rope people into something like this against their will. Some teachers at the California school argue that this is the point, slaves had no choice in the matter.  Others point out that is the actual point – we are NOT slaves and slavery was abolished over 150 years ago.

Staff told parents that once the children were on the floor with their wrists tied up in tape, they would be shown scenes from the 1988 film Roots: The Gift, a sequel to the 1977 mini-series (above) 

Those days are long past most people never having experienced such horror.  Parents in the community have pointed out, as have students that it is a moot point.  Those days are over and there is nothing that can be done to fix the past.  All that can be done is to learn from it and ensure it is not repeated.  Either way, schools do not get to treat students that way under any circumstance.

What would have happened if this activity had triggered a PTSD episode of a child that had been abused or one forcibly held against their will at some point? Or a refugee from a war-torn country? Or a panic attack? Or any other one of a million things that could have gone wrong….Or what sort of punishment would the school have attempted to levy if they had tried to secure a student’s hands behind his back and he resisted, injuring a staff member in the process? Would he or she then be facing suspension? Because that doesn’t seem like SERIOUS lawsuit potential AT all…..

I wonder just who played the part of the warring African tribal warlords who captured and sold their brethren to the slave traders? Or who played the black slave owners?

This is so far beyond what is appropriate in schools. This reenactment/bondage is not making the kids “understand” slavery, I am willing to bet it is instead making them hostile and putting them in fear of authority. Parents, get your kids out NOW!!

If anyone wonders why homeschooling is becoming more and more popular? This would be a prime example as to why!

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