Extra credit assignment on slavery prompts revolt

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PORT CHESTER -

District officials are investigating a middle school extra credit assignment that instructed Port Chester students to create ads to find their runaway slaves.

The students are all taking a class on American slavery. The extra credit assignment had them create signs to help find fictional slaves.

"My initial reaction is this isn't appropriate," says Jose Bautista.

An example given to students referred to a made-up slave named "Aaron or Ape."

District officials saw images of the assignment that went viral on social media, and they opened an investigation.

"I pledge that the district shall take appropriate action to ensure not only that this type of situation does not reoccur, but also that all of our staff thoroughly understand the gross impropriety of the assignment," said Superintendent Edward Kliszus.

It's unclear what disciplinary action the teacher or teachers involved with the assignment may face. District officials are consulting with their lawyers on the matter.

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