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Controversial Civil War Lesson



    Controversial Civil War Lesson

    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.