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Published On: Thu, Apr 12th, 2018

Georgia middle school students assignment: Writer letter

A 7th Grade social studies teacher Hampton Middle School in Georgia assigned students the task of writing a letter to Congress calling for more gun control.

The assignment “topic” was listed as “You are trying to persuade lawmakers to have stricter gun laws to help prevent another school shooting from taking place.”

“For this assignment, you are writing a letter to the lawmakers of the United States. The purpose of this letter is to pressure lawmakers to have stricter gun laws in the United States. Your letter should contain at least five complete sentences. Make sure that you use proper grammatical skills when writing your letter,” read the assignment given out by social studies teacher Corey Sanders to his students at Hampton Middle School.

Check out the photo acquired by Blue Lives Matter.

A police officer’s son is in the class and prompted him to go public.

“I asked him what he had for homework that night, and he said he had to write a paper on gun control,” William Lee told Blue Lives Matter. “I looked at it, and I told my son, ‘No, you’re not doing that assignment.’ Then I emailed his teacher the next day and told him that my son would not be writing that.”

The teacher wrote back to Lee and told him that it was fine, and that he wouldn’t mark off his son for not turning it in, he said.

“The first thing I wondered was what was their intent with these letters,” Lee said. “Were they planning to mail them?”

“And then I’d like to know how this fits into my son’s actual curriculum. The Georgia Standard of Excellence – which is what the Henry County curriculum is based on – says that my 7th grader is supposed to be studying Asia, Africa and Middle East in social studies,” Lee said. “There’s nothing in the course curriculum about gun control.”

Fox News’ Todd Starnes reached out to the school, district:

I reached out to Henry County Schools and they tell me the assignment was not a part of any approved curriculum.

“We would never approve of a politically biased assignment or directive given by a teacher,” the district spokesman told me.

He assured me the letters were not sent and there was never any intent to send them.

“This activity took the wrong approach in limiting the ability of students to share any thoughts outside of what was directed of them when the subject elicits many different viewpoints from people, including students,” the spokesman told me.

Henry County School, he said, does not advocate for or against gun control and had the lesson been submitted for approval — it would not have been approved.

“It is unfortunate that this isolated incident occurred, but we are appreciative of those individuals who brought it to our attention so we could take corrective action and stop it from continuing further,” the spokesman said.

 

photo Chelsea Gomez (Oakes) via Flickr

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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