School district apologizes for mock slave auction

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BARRINGTON, Ill. -- Cellphone video of a mock slave auction skit put on by students of an Illinois high school has prompted an apology from officials but some students tell WGN it is not enough.

The mock slave auction skit was performed during a competition at the Illinois Junior Classical League Convention in Itasca.

A parent took cellphone video of a student in chains being sold during the slave auction skit.

Parents and students said they were offended by the skit, which was meant to show the students' knowledge of Greek and Roman culture.

School officials released a statement on Facebook apologizing for the skit:

The Barrington School District offers sincere apologies to those offended by a skit our high school Latin students conducted at the Illinois Junior Classical Convention in Itasca this weekend. Their depiction of slavery as it was practiced by ancient Greeks and Romans unintentionally but understandably evoked strong emotions among a diverse audience. We agree with the concern and are reviewing the incident with students and staff who were involved.

WGN reported that a teacher at the school signed off on the skit before it was performed at the convention.