Some parents of children in an Arizona elementary school district are objecting to the use of a slavery simulation game, according to a report in Arizona Central.
In the game, Mission US: Flight to Freedom, players must guide a 14-year-old girl through a choose-your-own-adventure format to escape slavery on a Kentucky plantation. Players must guide the character to plot a river escape and endure beatings, Arizona Central reports.
"I found out about it last week, when my son told me what happens in the game. I was just like, 'No, not at all, that's not going to work,'" said parent De'Lon Brooks, whose son attends seventh grade at a K-8 school in the district.
"As a parent and as someone who grew up under civil rights (movement) members, I could not allow my son to be subjected to that without my permission," Brooks said.
Phoenix Elementary district spokeswoman Sarah Bresnahan said she was not sure how the slavery simulation got into the classroom. The simulation has been blocked, she told Arizona Central.
Bresnahan said the slavery simulation was not included in a guide to instructional tools for teachers. She said she only knew of one seventh-grade classroom that has used the simulation.
"My personal opinion is that the content should not be used in schools at all, so I'll be taking that recommendation to the administration," Bresnahan told WSMV.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Humanities provided development funds for the Mission US simulation, and it has received positive reviews, according to Arizona Central.
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