A senior at Fleming Island High School in Clay County, Florida has been suspended after school officials learned of a Craigslist ad featuring pictures of two other students and the heading, “Two slaves for sale – $470.” The description goes on to say, “if you need another pair of hands around the farm/house, you’re in luck!”
The ad was shared on Facebook by Lexis Potter, who was troubled by what she saw. “I was searching through the farms and garden section of craigslist and stumbled upon this,” Potter said, according to CBS47. “It’s a sick, disgusting ‘joke’ and a horrible reflection upon this school and students.” Potter’s post got 100 comments, including from the pictured students, who said they were going to talk to school officials with their parents.
“I’m just really aggravated and I’m surprised somebody would do that to me,” said Thalia Solomon, one of the students pictured.
Superintendent Addison Davis said, “We do not tolerate this type of behavior and we are disheartened that any of our students would be subject to discrimination.”
The school district said they investigated the matter and learned that the ad was posted Wednesday night by a male student at the high school. The school district said that the student will serve a ten-day suspension and then be sent to an alternative school in the county.
[Image via CBS47 screengrab]