Runaway Slave Project Raises Concern Among Parents

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A black history assignment at Bennett Venture Academy asked second graders to write a letter to a slave master describing their reasons for running away for their freedom.

That has some parents criticizing the cultural sensitivity at the school.

"I feel like if they are going to teach black history teach it more in a positive way and not a negative Because I feel like that's negative," said a parent, who did not want to appear on camera.

The homework assigned other tasks like asking for details from the songs "Follow the Drinking Gourd" and "Wade in the Water to support their reasons.

The parent doesn't want the teacher fired, saying "I think somebody needs to talk to her."

The spokesperson for the school did not comment on the assignment, instead issuing a statement saying that education is their top priority, and, "This includes exposing our students to historically sensitive topics thoughtfully and with care."