A group of white students at a Texas high school have been disciplined for cyberbullying their Black classmates and holding a fake slave auction online.
The students, who attend the Aledo Independent School District’s Daniel Ninth Grade Campus, cyberbullied and harassed students based on their race according to school Superintendent Dr. Susan Bohn. The district did not reveal specifics about the incident.
However, according to the Star-Telegram, local activists told them a group of students set up a slave auction. A screenshot that has been widely shared on social media showed a Snapchat group with various names including “Slave Trade” and “N-word Auction.” One person in the group typed they would spend $1 on a student, while another said they would spend $100 on a student.
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Eddie Burnett, president of the Parker County NAACP, told the Star-Telegram he learned about the situation Sunday and plans to bring it up at a school board meeting set for April 19.
The school district said the students were disciplined for cyberbullying and their actions but did not specify what the discipline was.
“There is no room for racism or hatred in the Aledo ISD, period,” Bohn said in the statement. “Using inappropriate, offensive and racially charged language and conduct is completely unacceptable and is prohibited by district policy.”