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Williamson Co. Superintendent apologizes for “insensitive” slavery homework assignment

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Posted at 12:20 PM, Feb 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-28 13:44:49-05

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WTVF) — Williamson County Schools' Superintendent is apologizing for what he calls a “insensitive” homework assignment.

According to the letter sent to parents of students at Sunset middle school, the assignment asked students to choose from a list of tasks which included “pretending that the student’s family owns slaves,” and that students “could create a list of expectations for the family’s slaves."

Superintendent Mike Looney says the assignment was “wholly inappropriate.”

Looney added that the school has been providing professional training to staff member on cultural awareness, but that the district has “more work to do in this area.”

Below is the entire letter sent to parents: