HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- Some parents in Hartford are furious over a field trip that involved a lesson on slavery. That trip had kids participating in reenactments that included yelling racial slurs.
J'Nae Jones goes to the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy. Last school year, her class went on a field trip to Nature's Classroom in Massachusetts. Part of the trip focused on slavery reenactment where the students were chased through the woods like slaves.
Some students complained they were called the "n-word."
When asked if the n-word was used, Jones said, "I don't remember, I don't think so. They asked us questions, where we are going and we had to get down and pretend we had been captured. We tried not to get captured."
Before the students were treated like slaves, Jones says they were warned ahead of time what to expect.
"Before we did anything, they told us we were going to act like real people and go into character so don't get offended. That's what they said before we went into the woods and did everything," said Jones.
When asked if it was degrading or if it taught her a lesson, Jones said, "it taught me a lesson."
"I think it sent the wrong message to them about how they feel about themselves," said Bill Jones.
Some parents have brought it to the Board of Education saying those teachers crossed the line.
"I think it's going too far, especially where we are now. There are a lot of interracial families so that is taking it too far," said Jessica Gordon.
At the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy, they want to make sure it's pointed out that Nature's Classroom is up in Massachusetts and it's where students go to learn about the great outdoors. They did not have much to do with the learning process up there and they are looking into what happened in the woods there.
"I would want it explained to me ahead of time," said Tanya Adkins.
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