A North Carolina school district is offering a vague response to reports that some Black students at J.S. Waters School, a K-8 campus in Goldston, were “sold” by classmates at a mock “slave auction.”

The Charlotte News & Observer reports that the superintendent of Chatham County schools sent a letter to families last week about unacceptable “recent incidents involving students using racially insensitive language and offensive imagery.” The missive didn’t say where or when they had occurred.

A North Carolina school district is offering a vague response to reports that some Black students at J.S. Waters School, a K-8 campus in Goldston, were “sold” by classmates at a mock “slave auction.” (Photo: Screenshot/ABC 11)

“As a school system and community, we cannot be silent in the face of incidents and behavior that create an unsafe or uncomfortable environment for students in our schools,” Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson wrote in the letter