New York Teacher Placed on Leave for Allegedly Telling Black Students to Pick Cotton to Learn About Slavery

Credit: Precious Tross / Obtained by Daily News

A teacher in Rochester, N.Y., was placed on leave this week for allegedly having his mostly Black students pick seeds out of cotton to teach them about slavery.

According to multiple local outlets, the Rochester School of the Arts is now investigating the incident.

The lesson, which was part of a seventh-grade social studies class, took place on Tuesday.

Precious Tross, whose daughter attended the class, told local television station WHAM-TV that she was “angry,” “upset” and “appalled.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Tross shared a photo of a cotton ball that she said her daughter, Ja’Nasia Brown, brought home after the shocking incident.

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SOURCE: NY Daily News, Muri Assunção

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