Posted on April 23, 2018

Student Traumatized After Underground Railroad Reenactment

WBBM-TV, April 19, 2018

Controversy has surfaced over a school camping trip after a parent in South Holland says her daughter was traumatized by a school lesson about the Underground Railroad.

Every year, 6th graders at McKinley Elementary School study the Underground Railroad. In March, as in previous years, the students attended a four-day camping trip.

During the outing, school supervisors engaged the students in a re-enactment; {snip}

“All the black kids were slaves and all the other people were white,” says Dawn Peterson, a parent of one of the student’s who participated in the lesson.