- A South Carolina mother is outraged after her 10-year-old son, and his classmates, were told to pick cotton and sing a slave song with words like, "I like it when you don't talk back, make money for me," as part of a class field trip during Black History Month.
Cell phone video taken by a teacher and sent to parents show fifth graders from Ebenezer Avenue Elementary in Rock Hill, picking cotton.
The district calls the field trip a "unique learning opportunity" that promotes "understanding about our past" and "helps students make real-life connections."
"The Carroll School field experience is a unique learning opportunity for all 5th grade students in Rock Hill Schools' elementary schools.
As part of the fifth-grade curriculum, students study the Great Depression time period, and this field trip helps students make real-life connections to ths era in American history."