A Florida high school student has been suspended for 10 days after advertising two of his black female classmates on Craigslist in a “Two Slaves for Sale” ad.
The unnamed male student at Fleming Island High School in Fleming, Fla., wrote on the ad:
Two healthy slave gals for sale. Good condition hard work ethic. If you need another pair of hands in the farm or house you are in luck.
The ad was posted Wednesday evening on Facebook and, according to the woman who found it, she was on Craigslist looking for farm and garden items.
Before the post was flagged and removed, it had already been seen by hundreds on Facebook, and after finding out her photo was used in the ad, Thalia Solomon said, “I’m just really aggravated and I’m surprised somebody would do that to me.”
Although the student who placed the ad has only been suspended for 10 days, the school is looking into further disciplinary action, which may include transferring the senior student to an alternative school and possible expulsion.
The Clay County school district issued a statement saying: “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.”