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Grade 5 students asked to justify KKK's treatment of African Americans in South Carolina classroom
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 07:13 AM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 07:22 AM EDT
LEXINGTON, S.C. — A South Carolina elementary school teacher who asked students to role play as Ku Klux Klan members for a homework assignment has been placed on administrative leave.
The Island Packet reports that Lexington-Richland School District 5 says it’s “taking this matter very seriously” after Tremain Cooper posted a picture of his nephew’s assignment on Facebook last week.
The assignment asked fifth-grade students at Oak Pointe Elementary to imagine they were a member of the KKK and provide a justification for the KKK’s treatment of African-Americans.
It also asked students to imagine they were newly freed slaves and explain if they were satisfied with their lives.
The school district says it’s continuing to investigate and will ensure the assignment is not used again in district schools.
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Grade 5 students asked to justify KKK's treatment of African Americans in South

Music teacher suspended after rap assignment angers parent
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 08:24 AM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 08:29 AM EDT
DECATUR, Ga. — A Georgia middle school music teacher who assigned homework featuring explicit rap lyrics has been suspended.
Crishana Wright, the parent of a student at Bethune Middle School in DeKalb County, told WSB-TV on Tuesday that her daughter brought home a worksheet that contained expletives, violence and sexually suggestive lyrics.
The exercise was for sixth-grade students to take the rap lyrics and come up with their own positive words.
DeKalb County School District Superintendent R. Stephen Green said in a statement that the teacher was removed from the classroom and will be held accountable for “poor judgment.” He said the district encourages teacher creativity, but instruction must be age-appropriate.
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