A Florida high school student with a sick sense of humor may be facing expulsion for posting photos of his Black classmates on Craigslist as “Slaves For Sale.”
The unnamed Fleming Island High School senior took a photo of two of his African-American classmates and created an ad saying, “Two healthy negro slave gals for sale. Good condition hard work ethic. If you need another pair of hands in the farm or house you are in luck.”
The asking price was $470.
News 4 in Jacksonville reports the photo made the rounds on social media and was found and flagged by a woman who was actually looking for garden and farm tools. Facebook and Craigslist eventually removed the ad, but not before thousands of people saw it and traced it back to its source. The student made it easy for them by geotagging the photo at “Fleming Island Plantation.”
The school district will not release the boy’s name but they did suspend him. But only for 10 days until they decide to remove him from Fleming Island and send him to an alternative school or expel him altogether.
Clay County school system superintendent Addison Davis released a statement on the incident:
“We do not tolerate this type of behavior and we are disheartened that any of our students would be subject to discrimination. Fleming Island High School administration and district leadership are working together to create a schoolwide plan of action to strengthen the climate and culture while celebrating the school’s diversity. We encourage parents and guardians to take the time to talk to their child about this important matter.”
The Sheriff’s office also looked into the matter but determined that it was not a hate crime.
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