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10/02/07-Grambling, LA

Kindergartners In Shackles, Chains, And With Nooses Around Their Necks

The images took some by surprise--young children, many just 5 and 6 years old shown wearing chains, shackles, and being hoisted into the air with nooses around their necks.

It was all part of a lesson about racism--a lesson that some say was a bit extreme

"The publication of the photograph of a child with a noose around her neck dramatized an irresponsible act," said Grambling University's Vice President for Student Affairs.

Officials say teachers at the elementary school on the university campus decided to teach the kids about racism, all in the wake of a "Jena 6" protest march where activists rallied against the criminal charges of six black high school students who allegedly attacked a white student after nooses were found hanging in a tree at the school.  

"It is regrettable and unfortunate that the elementary school supervisors allowed students at these grade levels to participate in an activity that was not a part of the curriculum and not properly reviewed," said Dixon.

Some say it could have been portrayed differently, but it was a lesson that needed to be taught.  

"I feel like the elementary students were getting the 100 percent version," said Donovan Webb, a Grambling University student.  "They weren't getting ten percent filtered."

But others say it should have never happened.  

"I didn't agree with it because kids don't understand and she's only five so she may try to do that at home," said Nakita Newsome, a parent.  "It's dangerous and they shouldn't be doing that."

It was a history lesson which many believe was also a lesson in bad judgement.

Layron Livingston, KLTV 7 Newsllivingston@kltv.com  

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