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Florida Student Posts ‘Slaves For Sale’ Craigslist Ad

A high school student in Florida apparently didn’t get the memo that slavery ended decades ago. An advertisement on the website Craigslist, titled “Two slaves for sale - $470,” showed two black students sitting at their desks at Fleming Island High School in the community of Fleming Island. 

The ad, however, was geographically tagged to Fleming Island Plantation. Although Fleming Island Plantation is a neighborhood within the unincorporated town, the student’s caption had a different implication. 

The caption reads: “Two healthy negro slavegals for sale. Good Condition and hard work ethic! If you need another pair of hands around the farm/house, you’re in luck!” The ad has since been taken down. “We do not tolerate this type of behavior, and we are disheartened that any of our students would be subject to discrimination,” Superintendent Addison Davis said in a statement provided to WPLG Local 10 in Florida. “Fleming Island High School administration and district leadership are working together to create a school-wide plan of action to strengthen the climate and culture while celebrating the school’s diversity.” The high school senior who posted the ad has been suspended for 10 days and will be transferred to an alternative school, First Coast News reported. 

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