Parents Shocked Over 'Violent' Math Problems
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- The teacher who sent home those violence-laced math problems at Center City Public Charter School's Trinidad campus in Northeast D.C. has been fired as of Thursday.
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"I was absolutely distressed," says Dr. Beverley Wheeler, the CEO of Center City PCS, which oversees its Trinidad elementary school in NE.
The stories deal with fantastically morbid and violent topics. In one story, a tiger catches Africans, Americans and Indians and cooks them in ovens.
"It doesn't follow anything we do. We are about character, excellence and service and I found them to be violent and racist," said Wheeler.
Wheeler says instead of using the resources provided in the school for the mandated 20 homework problems on Monday, the third grade teacher downloaded them off the HomeschoolingParadise.com website. She says the teacher used "bad judgment."
Several parents have insisted that the teacher, who they say is a minister, would never have sent those problems home, unless someone made her do it.
"Not true," said Wheeler. She explained that the mistake was worthy of firing because parents trust the school to look at what they're putting in front of their children.
She said that even if a teacher were told to send those problems home, she or he should question it.
Writtem by Peggy Fox