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Teacher investigated for telling students to act as slaves

TOMS RIVER, N.J. — Officials at a New Jersey school district say they're investigating a teacher's history lesson that had students pretend to be slaves. According to social media posts by a student, 8th-grade social studies teacher Lawrence Cuneo had Toms River Intermediate School students pretend to be slaves and act as if they were picking cotton. The student wrote that Cuneo made the sounds of a cracking whip and kicked at students' feet. Cuneo apologized in a radio interview but said the lessons learned from slavery must be shared. He didn't return calls seeking comment Tuesday. A spokesman for the Toms River Regional School District said an investigation is underway.

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