Skull found at Philadelphia high school prompts districtwide search

The Philadelphia School District is urging school principals and other officials to search for skeletal remains in their buildings following the discovery of a human skull at Central High School.
Driving News: The school district announced Friday the discovery of the "human skeletal object" believed to belong to a Native American man. The district told Axios that an employee originally discovered the skull in June.
Now district officials are working with the Home Office and Temple University to repatriate the remains.
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What They Say: District officials said the skull was likely used as a teaching aid from the mid-1850s to the early 1900s.
The district said it had not used human skeletons in class for at least a decade.
"Despite the fact that this person is long dead, he was a member of a community," said Kimberly Williams, chairman of Temple's anthropology department, in a statement.
The big picture: Abuse of indigenous remains is not uncommon in American history, especially in the context of boarding schools.
And according to a report from NPR, many skeletons in classrooms across the country are real.
In Pennsylvania, the remains of nine Native American children attending a state school were brought back home earlier this year.
Notable: Researchers in the 19th century collected skulls and conducted experiments to encourage white supremacy. The trade and sale of Crania drove the practice forward.
Zoom in: The city had to grapple with finding human remains this year.
The Penn Museum came under fire in April after a curator reportedly used the remains of victims of the 1985 MOVE bombing in an online forensics course.
Last May, the city announced its discovery that former health commissioner Thomas Farley ordered in 2017 that a separate set of MOVE bomb victims should be cremated without notifying family members.
The remains, believed to have been destroyed, were found a day later after a subordinate failed to carry out the order.
Farley resigned at the request of Mayor Jim Kenney.
What's Next: The school district has asked high school principals to conduct surveys of all skeletal teaching collections in their schools by Nov. 5, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
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