Naperville Central Students Posted Craigslist Ad To Sell Black 'Slave'

Andy Dahn
November 18, 2019 - 9:09 pm

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(WBBM NEWSRAIDO) -- A racist internet post has put a western suburb back in an unfortunate spotlight.

A group of students at Naperville Central High School posted an ad to the website Craigslist that featured a picture of a black student and the caption “Slave for sale (NAPERVILLE),” according to published reports.

School officials sent an email to parents Friday that said the administration had become aware of a “racially insensitive electronic post.”

“As educators, we have a responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of all students, especially those from marginalized and vulnerable student groups. Racial discrimination and hateful acts are never acceptable,” the email said.

School officials did not provide details about the discipline students behind the ad would face, but said it’s part of a “restorative” approach to resolving issues.

Officials stressed the racially insensitive ad on Craigslist “does not reflect the climate and culture of Naperville Central.”

The suburb drew national attention earlier this month over an incident at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant.

A group of mostly African-American people celebrating a birthday party said they were asked to change tables because of their skin color. A manager reportedly asked the group to move because a regular customer didn't want to sit near black people.