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Suburban students participate in Underground Railroad simulation: ‘I was frightened’

By Elizabeth Matthews,

It was supposed to be a lesson about history, but one South Holland family says a reenactment of the Underground Railroad went too far.

Sixth graders from McKinley Junior High have been taking this trip for several years and this particular reenactment has been done before, but this time one family says it crossed the line. Two teachers have since apologized.

11-year-old Bailey Peterson says she was excited to go on the traditional 6th grade trip — from South Holland to Lake Geneva for four days to visit The Nature’s Classroom Institute.


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