A slave auction skit performed by two Barrington High School students shocked parents who attended a recent convention, prompting calls for “cultural sensitivity” talks with students.
The students performed the skit in during [sic] the “roll call” portion of the 2016 Illinois Junior Classical Convention Friday at the Westin hotel in Itasca. The “roll call” segment gave each school’s delegates time to introduce their school, and video of the incident shows Barrington’s introduction featured a student with chains around his neck, NBC Chicago reports.
“Today we are going to have a Barrington bro for sale,” one of the students said.
The conference was attended by high school clubs that study ancient culture. The Barrington skit was designed to simulate an ancient slave auction, but parents like Danielle McDaniels didn’t appreciate the theatrics.