A teacher at a private Christian school has been placed on leave after reportedly orchestrating a mock slave auction in her Bronxville classroom.
Teacher Rebecca Antinozzi is facing criticism after Vernex Harding, the mother of one of her students at the Chapel School, told media outlets that the white teacher recently allowed white students to bid on and “buy” black students, including Harding’s son, as they pretended to be slaves.
The state Attorney General’s Office is looking into the situation.
“The reports of racist ‘lessons’ by a teacher at the Chapel School are deeply troubling,” Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement. “My office is monitoring this matter closely.”
Officials from the school at 172 White Plains Road, which is associated with Village Lutheran Church in Bronxville and serves students in preschool through eighth grade, did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment Monday. Harding and Antinozzi could not immediately be reached today.
In a statement, Chapel School Principal Michael Schultz apologized for the incident.
“The reported racial insensitivity is unacceptable and we do not condone any action that demeans anyone,” he said.
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