Toms River teacher cleared for lesson that had students act as slaves

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Officials at an Ocean County school district have cleared a teacher of wrongdoing for having students pretend to be slaves as part of a history lesson.

Students say that eighth grade social studies teacher Lawrence Cuneo had Toms River Intermediate School students act as if they were picking cotton. A student wrote on social media that Cuneo made the sounds of a cracking whip and kicked at students' feet.

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Cuneo apologized but said lessons learned from the “despicable" institution of slavery must be shared.

The district said Cuneo didn't intend to cause offense.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

 

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