Students hang teddy bears from nooses for class project at Mead High School

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 7 at 9:22 PM

MEAD, Wash. -- Students in a Mead High School humanities class hung teddy bears from nooses to expose the unfair labor that can go into making teddy bears.

The hanging bears were plastered all over the school hallways.

The students were trying to be provocative in order to get their message across. Staff said they crossed a line and offended some students.

“The project was a large project for our humanities class to bring awareness to human rights violations around the world, specifically for Valentine’s project,” said student Jordan Chandler.

The school is reviewing the way they do these kinds of things to ensure it does not happen again. The principal of the high school personally took down the displays Friday morning.

“We already talked to that team of students. Multiple people all the way up through administration will look at it. We’ll make sure we have a process in place,” said Principal Mark St. Clair.

The students responsible for the teddy bear display will not be punished. Staff said they had the right intentions.

 

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