WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is calling for the dismissal of the Watertown teacher accused of making black students act as slaves in a mock auction.
Mothers of two black students at North Elementary School said 4th grade teacher Patricia Bailey told their children to play the part of slaves in a mock slave auction and had other white students act as the slave owners.
Linda Brown-Robinson, president of the Syracuse and Onondaga County chapter, said Friday that the NAACP not only wants the teacher fired, but also wants everyone who works in the school district to receive sensitivity training.
Brown-Robinson also said the chapter’s legal team is working to set up a meeting with Superintendent Patti LaBarr.
Brown-Robinson said she hopes to be able to have that meeting next week.
Last week, the district said the teacher involved had been placed on administrative leave pending a full investigation.
We reached out to Superintendent LaBarr for comment on the NAACP’s comments, but we haven’t received a response. We will update this story if the district responds.