Parents outraged when they learn teacher had students write gun control letters to Congress
Parents of students in a 7th Grade social studies class in Georgia were shocked to find their children were tasked with writing gun control letters to Congress.
A social studies teacher at Hampton Middle School in Hampton gave his students an assignment that involved writing to U.S. lawmakers about passing stricter gun restriction legislation, Blue Lives Matter reported.
“You are trying to persuade lawmakers to have stricter gun laws to help prevent another school shooting from taking place,” read the topic of Corey Sanders’ assignment to his class.
“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,” the directions read.
A law enforcement officer in a nearby county told Blue Lives Matter about the assignment.
“I asked him what he had for homework that night, and he said he had to write a paper on gun control,” William Lee said. “I said, ‘Uh, oh. Let me see the assignment.’”
He confirmed the assignment after logging in to his son’s online classroom.
“I looked at it, and I told my son, ‘No, you’re not doing that assignment,’” Lee said. “Then I emailed his teacher the next day and told him that my son would not be writing that.”
The teacher acknowledged the email and said Lee’s son wouldn’t lose points for not completing the task.
“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,” he said. “There’s nothing in the course curriculum about gun control.”
Other parents reportedly became concerned as they found out, but that was not until after their children had completed the assignment and turned it in.
“Where are these letters now?” Lee asked.
“Why are they giving this as an assignment? It has nothing to do with the curriculum that they’re supposed to be following,” he said, angry, adding that this incident comes on the heels of another where a teacher was caught pushing a personal political agenda at the middle school, according to Blue Lives Matter.
“What concerns me is this comes on the heels of another incident with a 6th grade teacher who was recently recorded by a 12-year-old student,” Lee said. “The teacher went on a rant, calling Trump a racist and referencing Rodney King. And that was a 6th grade history teacher in the same school.”
Blue Lives Matters did not receive responses to a request for comments from Sanders, Hampton Middle School Principal Purvis Jackson and Henry County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mary Elizabeth Davis.
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