A Fleming Island Plantation, Florida student was suspended for 10 days after the Clay County school district learned of a racist ad on Craigslist. The ad showed two of his fellow classmates, both Afro-American female students, sitting at school desks with the following copy:
“Two Slaves for Sale-$470”
“(Fleming Island Plantation)”
“Two healthy negro slave gals for sale. Good condition and hard work ethic! If you need another pair of hands around the farm/house, you’re in luck!”
According to the Daily Mail, Skye Fefee, a senior and one of the woman in the photo, learned of the ad when others student posted it on Facebook and tagged her. Syke said “ ‘I’m a little disappointed, because I didn’t realize that racism was still in our school to this day,’ ”
“ ‘I don’t wish that upon anyone, and I felt really discouraged that people are still like that today,’ ” she added.
Skye noted that this isn’t the first time – including this school year – that Fleming Island has had racial harassment. “ ‘I was really upset about it because Fleming Island is known for racial slurs. This school year someone wrote on the toilets… “whites only”,’ she said.”
The school district declined to name the student and would only say he was a senior. In addition to the 10 day suspension, the student was referred to an alternative school. Ultimately, the school board will hold a disciplinary hearing in two weeks to determine the final punishment – removal, remain at the alternative school, or expulsion just weeks before graduation.
Both students, who were in the photo, and their parents met with school officials. The Superintendent Addison Davis issued the following statement: “We do not tolerate this type of behavior and we are disheartened that any of our students would be subject to discrimination. Fleming Island High School administration and district leadership are working together to create a schoolwide plan of action to strengthen the climate and culture while celebrating the school’s diversity. We encourage parents and guardians to take the time to talk to their child about this important matter.”
News 4 Jax reported that the school district contacted the Sheriff’s Office for further review as a hate crime. The deputies said no crime was committed and offered no further comment.