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Pupils told to dress as slaves for Black History Month

PICTURED: St Winefride’s Catholic Primary School Photo credit: Google Maps)

AN EAST London primary school has apologised after schoolchildren were asked to come to school dressed as slaves for Black History Month.

St Winefride’s Catholic Primary School, in Manor Park, sent a letter asking parents to dress their children for a special assembly.

According to the Evening Standard, the letter suggested that the clothes could be left unwashed and stained with tea or coffee to make them look more authentic. The letter also asked the year two class to arrive with “straw hats or fabric head wraps” for the special assembly.

“It might be an idea to not wash these clothes and stain them with tea or coffee to look more authentic,” the letter, seen by the Newham Recorder, said.

During a discussion on Facebook,locals called the idea "horrendous" with one parent asking whether Jewish children would've been asked to re-enact the Holocaust.

The school’s headteacher, Paul Underwood, said the letter had been sent without the approval of senior staff.

“I apologise on behalf of the school for Friday’s unauthorised letter and the offence caused,” he said.

The Telegraph states a spokeswoman for the school said the stunt was “not inkeeping with the ethos of the school”.

“We deeply regret the offence caused to our pupils and school community,” she said. “This letter was sent out without the approval of the school’s senior management team or governors.

“We have written to those who received the letter to apologise and we have also spoken to the members of staff involved and taken steps to ensure an incident like this does not happen again.

“We understand the importance of Black History Month and celebrate this by studying the success and achievements of black role models.”

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