Texan objects daughter, 12, drawing slave photo of themselves

LEANDER, Texas – Texas parent has objected to a civil war-related history of the command that her 12-year-old daughter was told to draw a picture of themselves as a slave.

Tonya Jennings of Austin contacted the Leander Independent School District Friday about the seventh graders to study slave life in Texas in the 1850s.

The students had to draw a picture of themselves as slaves, the color of the picture, then write a sentence that describes the environment using each of the five senses — smell, hear, see, taste, and touch.

Jennings, who is black, says nothing about the slavery that they might want each child to relive it.

District spokesman Corey Ryan says administrators are reviewing the issue. A district statement says the tragic consequences of slavery are well-described and relevant to Texas and U.S. history.

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