School apologizes for assignment asking if ‘slavery wasn’t such a bad thing’ 

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School apologizes for assignment asking if ‘slavery wasn’t such a bad thing’ 

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Angela Nichols (left) and her son Lyndon are upset about a school assignment in Gwinnett County.
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  • School officials apologized. 
  • ‘I didn’t really feel comfortable writing,’ seventh-grader Lyndon Nichols said. 

A mother and her child are upset after an assignment at a Gwinnett County school asked students to explain if they thought slavery was a good or bad thing. 

“I didn’t really feel comfortable writing,” Lyndon Nichols, a seventh-grader at Coleman Middle School, told Channel 2 Action News. “What bothered me the most is that they said it wasn’t that bad.” 

The assignment asked students to explain if they agree or disagree with this statement: Slavery wasn't such a bad thing because slaves were an important investment and people take care of important investments. 

School district officials told Channel 2 the statement was one of several agree or disagree assignments given to students in that specific social studies class and was not a part of the wider curriculum. 

“The principal looked into the student's concerns and understood how the statement could have been taken out of context,” the district said in a statement to Channel 2. “The principal then apologized to the student and his mother, removed the question and exercise from the lesson plan, and has worked with the family to address their concerns.” 

Lyndon was also moved to another class, according to the news station. 

“Slavery is like sex, that's a touchy subject,” his mother, Angela Nichols, said. “You have to notify parents about that.”

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