Controversial Civil War Lesson

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011  |  Updated 6:02 PM EDT
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Controversial Civil War Lesson

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A lesson on the civil war sparked some controversy in Norfolk, Virginia when a teacher made minority students pretend to be slaves.

Jessica Boyle is a fourth grade teacher at Sewells Point Elementary School.

She staged a mock slave auction of African-American and mixed-race students.

It was supposed to part of a Civil War history lesson.

The principal sent a note home to parents saying the teacher's actions were well-intended, but the activity was inappropriate.

Norfolk Public Schools said appropriate personnel action is being taken.

Boyle has been teaching in Norfolk for six years.
   

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