GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- A West Valley school is facing serious questions about how they handled a racially insensitive school project last month. Students at Highland Lakes School created a board game called "Escape the Plantation." An African-American 10-year-old spoke out against the project and his parents are telling us he's being treated differently now because of it.
"He comes home and says 'Escape the Plantation game,' and honestly my first reaction, I was shocked," said the student's father, Leslie Saulsby.
He told Arizona's Family that his son confronted a student who was involved in the group project. "He went up to another student and said, 'Hey, I think your game is offensive. It's a little racist, and it makes me uncomfortable,'" the boy's mother, Margaret Saulsby, said.
District officials told us the game was taken away as soon as a concern was raised. They said they did not know "Escape the Plantation" was the game that was being created until it was finished. District officials told us students didn't give a title and gave no mention of slavery in their concept. The student's parents still feel like the game should have never been finished
"This was done under the supervision of adults," said Leslie, who is an administrator at another Valley school. "Those are the people I'm upset with." He said he and his wife have been left in the dark after meeting with district officials before winter break in mid-December. Their son hasn't been back to school since Monday; he said he's being treated differently since the project.
"We just want our son to be able to go back to school," Margaret said. "And not have him worry about escaping the plantation," Leslie added.
In a statement, the Deer Valley Unified School District said, "We understand and acknowledge the cultural tolerance and sensitivity may have been lacking in this instance. DVUSD will continue to work hard to make sure our students learn in a safe and supportive environment."
Arizona's Family asked if the two teachers in the classroom are facing any disciplinary action. The district refused to comment.