Parents Disgusted After 14-Year-Old Pupils Given Homework Question About Rape
Parents have slammed teachers at a high school after their kids were given a graphic question about sexual assault for a piece of biology homework.
Students at Klein Collins High School in Houston, the US, were handed an assignment which asked them to identify a rapist in a hypothetical scenario.
According to the school board, around 90 ninth grade students at the school, aged 14 and 15, were tasked with completing the homework.
The question read: "Suzy was assaulted in an alley and is a victim of rape. The police collected a sample of sperm that was left at the crime scene and now have three suspects in custody. Which of the suspects raped Suzy?"
It then asked the teenagers to pick out of S1, S2, or S3, comparing each of the DNA sequences to the track down the 'felon'.
And it didn't take long for a photo of the 'upsetting' question to do the rounds on the internet, with parents complaining to the school and demanding answers.
Speaking to KPRC2 news, Cookie VonHaven, whose daughter is in the 10th grade, said she couldn't understand why teachers would have asked such disturbing question.
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She said: "It's upsetting and I know girls this age, just the thought... they know that rape is forced non-consensual sex and that upsets them. That's why I can't fathom a teacher putting that on a test."
And she was not alone. Another mother, Dana Duplantier, has a a daughter in the year below, and said she was dumb-founded as to how this homework question was allowed to be asked.
She asked the news channel: "Wouldn't [the teacher] have to get that approved by the school board or teachers or something to put that in there?"
After receiving a wave of criticism from parents, the district school board said it had listened to the concerns and assured people this was a mistake and was not part of the official curriculum.
A statement from the district said it had carried out an investigation into how the incident had happened and had taken the appropriate course of action - it did not, however, explain what action had been taken.
It read: "The assignment is not part of the District's approved curriculum and is by no means representative of the District's instructional philosophy. The District has investigated the source of the materials and appropriate corrective action has been taken."
LADbible has contacted Klein Collins High School for comment.
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