A so-called "Civil War Day" at a metro Atlanta school led to a new battle.
Many of the students dressed up in Civil War-era clothing for the event at a Cobb County, Georgia, school. A mother says a classmate dressed in costume called her son a slave.
"It was a gut punch. It was a gut punch,” said the mother, Corrie Davis. Davis said she could almost see this coming.
“They told me about this day, and I knew then that it was divisive,” she said.
WSB-TV's Justin Wilfon obtained the flyer explaining the lesson. It's a day at Big Shanty Intermediate School when students not only learn about the war but also dress up in Civil War-era clothing.
Several years ago, Davis kept her older son home from the event, but this year her 10-year-old son wanted to go, without knowing what he would face.
“He went to school that day and saw one of his friends, and he said, 'Hey, what are you dressed up as?' And he said, 'I’m a plantation owner and you’re my slave,'” she said.
Davis said her son, who was not dressed up, walked away and didn’t tell her until a week later.
In a statement to WSB-TV, Cobb County Schools spokesperson John Stafford did not address what the student allegedly said but did say the following:
"No student was required to dress in period attire and any student that did so was not instructed, nor required, to dress in any specific attire."
Davis wants Big Shanty to teach kids about the Civil War but wants the dress-up portion of the lessons to go away – a battle she’s willing to keep fighting.
“I talked to the school several times. They refused to tell me they wouldn’t do it anymore. She didn’t say yes. She didn’t say no. And that’s not good enough,” she said.
Wilfon asked the district if it would consider getting rid of the dress-up portion of Civil War Day. So far, officials have not responded.
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