GCPS says slavery game allegations 'unfounded'

LILBURN -- After an investigation into a playground game that may have involved themes of slavery, officials with Gwinnett County Public Schools have determined that the activity was student-initiated and no teachers were involved.

A spokesperson with the school district said four children were out on the playground this week at Camp Creek Elementary School playing a game that parents later reported to news media and district administrators.

District Spokesperson Sloan Roach said officials determined that the activity was student initiated and "allegations regarding the teacher's involvement were unfounded."

Ed Dubose, Georgia NAACP president, said he's heard the opposite.

"We're hearing the teachers were completely involved in this slavery game that students were playing at Camp Creek," Dubose said.

Added Dubose: "This clearly speaks to a lack of diversity training and sensitivity training in the Gwinnett County Public School System. These teachers need to be screened on how they engage in activities with the students."

Dubose was also vocal recently about a homework question referencing slavery written by a Beaver Ridge Elementary teacher.

The teacher resigned earlier this month, and three other educators who helped distribute the homework were chided by administrators.


news2me 3 years, 3 months ago

Wow, that didn't take long. This is starting to sound like the day care abuse hysteria that took place a few decades ago. A panic started across the nation and most of the allegations were found to be untrue.


Karl 3 years, 2 months ago

He's got one. Head crap stirrer-upper.


Oliver 3 years, 2 months ago

I heard some kids were playing Cowboys and Indians on the playground at a Gwinnett County school. Someone better call Ed Dubose. I heard some kids were playing Duck Duck Goose at another Gwinnett County school. Someone call PETA. I heard some kids were playing Cops and Robbers at another Gwinnett County School - we better call someone about that too!


HonestIngine 3 years, 2 months ago

Hey, Dubose, they were playing Pimp and Ho....That's why you were called in.


gwinnettisgreat1 3 years, 2 months ago

If they had been playing "Bondsman and offender" that would have been ok.

If they were playing "Church's Chicken vs. Popeyes" that would have been ok.

If they were playing "Credit cards only and no C.O.D.'s" that would have been ok.

If they were playing "Reperations vs. entitlements" that would have been ok.

The NAACP and the Rainbow Coalition can both go fly a freaking kite.


MKM 3 years, 2 months ago

My son is a 3rd grader at Camp Creek Elementary and just happened to be on the playground at the time the kids were playing "slaves and slave catchers." According to him the very children who are now accusing the teacher of making up this game are actually the ones who thought of it, in particular two African-American little girls whom you have probably seen, along with their mothers, on a variety of local TV newscasts. It was just a silly game of tag that several children, from a variety of racial backgrounds, participated in for a few minutes then got bored with and moved on to something else. My son is very confused as to why something so harmless and insignificant could have brought so much negative attention to such a great school. I thought about it for a minute and the only answer I could come up with is that some people (in this case the parents) will do, or say, anything to get themselves "On The TV."


HoustonJD 3 years, 2 months ago

I am truly sadden but the comments I see on this posting. It's not about the NAACP jumping in and over reacting. It's about our school district not properly performing their jobs. It is their job to make sure that everyone is being treated equally. I'm not saying that the teacher was involved in this game, but what if he/she was? Stuff like this should not be occurring in our school system and for you to be angry that the NAACP is taking action is quite frankly in a sense racist. I don't know about you, but I would like to know if things like this are happening in our schools. We need to hold out school district accountable. I don't see why the anger is being turned around to the NAACP. Gwinnett County has really lost in touch with the concept of quality.


HonestIngine 3 years, 2 months ago

No, Houston, we do have a problem. The NAACP makes it an issue when they have no business getting involved. Gwinnett County School system is sound, strong, and the teachers hired are some of the top educators in this state. Everyone wants to teach in Gwinnett County along with Cobb County because of the environment and support they get from administration. Our school district along with the schools would not be getting all the awards if they didn't uphold high standards. Look at the number of schools in our county that are IB, National Schools of Excellence. and tell me they are not the leaders in this state when it comes to education. I've said it before, Let the teachers teach...Dubose, is just trying to make a name for himself at others expense. He is seeking political gain and that's his main agenda.


toby 3 years, 2 months ago

Slavery built this country. Be proud of it. We're all slaves to the government anyway. How much tax do you pay? Let's see......income, sales, property, SPLOST, fishing, hunting, tolls, gun permit, social security, medicare, road, water run off, building permits, business, every license you can think of, school and many more.


yeahiteach 3 years, 2 months ago

Why is it that teachers get the blame for everything? I agree with "Oliver" and "gwinnettisgreat1" about the games. Children take what is most prevalent in their minds and turn it into whatever form of tag, chase, or capture the flag that they can think of. I've seen it! People immediately attacked this teacher just as they immediately called for blood at Beaver Ridge. The media causes the majority of the problems, especially when what they post is moderated to reflect the stance which will garner the most ratings. I feel sorry for my fellow teachers having to deal with a work system that wants them to teach controversial concepts (which I absolutely agree need to be taught) and a society that can't face the reality of our history. It happened. Teach it, learn from it, and try not to repeat it. If we do not learn from our history then we are doomed to repeat it. Come to think of it, we are already becoming slaves to the media and the "squeaky wheel" when it comes to the issues at hand in this situation.


Bruce 3 years, 2 months ago

yeahiteach, teachers are not the whole problem, however, they should take responsibility for what is taught and how it's taught. Cross Polination is a bad attempt to cover a subject. The principal at Beaver Ridge admitted that much, the teacher who administered the lesson has resigned because that lesson had no historical relevance, it was a gratiously dumb in it's design. And schools are run like a fort. The days when a parent could freely conference with a teacher or principal are long gone. Most parents can't just visit a principal. If educators insist on insulating the process, they should take more of the blame. They're the professionals, right?


HonestIngine 3 years, 2 months ago

My four children have gone thru the system, and at no point in the 20 years we had children in the Gwinnett County School System, were we never denied a conference with the Principal , teacher, or any other administrator. They(teachers) are there because they love the kids, enjoy teaching, and for some reason love abusive parents who think they know more than them. I say to all parents who think they can do a better job educating their children, Take them out of the school and HOME SCHOOL them.. This way you will have no one to compain to, except yourselves.


news2me 3 years, 2 months ago

Do you demand to see teachers and principals at a moments notice or do you even bother give them a professional courtesy and schedule an appointment?

Bruce, you are more than welcome to send your child to a corrupt APS or Dekalb if you don't like it at GCPS. Parents are often be the biggest obstacle in their child's education.


Homeschooler 3 years, 2 months ago

And a good number of parents are the SOLUTION in their child's education; as they refuse all forms of government education and do the right thing by homeschooling them! Just look at the statistics of homeschoolers vs. government educated children.


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