A black fifth grader in Gahanna, Ohio was used as a slave in a social studies class in order to teach a lesson to the children. Since that time, the mother of the boy, Aneka Burton, has demanded an apology, citing the psychological damage that was being done to her child. The principal at the school, Scott Schmidt of Chapelfield Elementary, called the mother to offer his most sincere apologies for the incident, stating that no harm was intended.
According to 10-year old Nikko Burton, the students were divided into two groups: “Slaves” and “masters,” with the other black student in class being made into a master. The teacher then had the audacity to do a simulated slave auction, which the boy refused to be a part of. At that point, he was sent back to his desk.