Two Farmington parents have filed a human rights complaint against the Hartford school system following a school field trip last fall in which students were asked to participate in a slavery re-enactment that got a little too real to the point the re-enactment actually included racial slurs and slave ship antics.
Sandra Baker said that her daughter, who is African American, and fellow classmates at Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy were virtually humiliated and “terrorized” as they took part in an Underground Railroad exercise that was part of a field trip to Nature’s Classroom in Charlton, Mass.
Sandra Baker insists that she, her husband, nor any parents were not informed that students would be part of a slavery re-enactment. Baker had to learn about the incident from her 12 year old daughter when she returned home from the trip.
“I said, ‘How was your trip?'” Baker said. “She started telling me what happened. I was like, ‘What?’ I was stunned. … We crossed all our t’s and dotted all our i’s. This, I didn’t see coming.”