A California geometry teacher’s alleged strange extra credit assignment has at least two mothers upset and calling for the teacher to be fired.
KPIX News reports Kimberly Cobene and Evangeline Garcia, whose daughters attend Encinal High School in Alameda, heard about the assignment last month.
“It was to go into your parents’ private drawers or whatever to seek out sexual toys or condoms, or anything of that nature and to take a selfie with it,” Cobene told KPIX.
When confronted about the assignment, school administrators reportedly implied to the mothers that the assignment was to be taken as a joke.
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But Cobene said she heard that one student took it seriously and actually took a sex-toy selfie and brought it to class, where, she said, it was shown to other students as an example.
Now Cobene and Garcia want the teacher fired. But, they said, the school district will only tell them the matter is being investigated and not whether disciplinary action is being pursued.
“We don’t feel comfortable with our children in his presence. All they could tell us is that, ‘Oh, this is an HR issue. It’s being investigated,’” Garcia said. “They are not at liberty to tell me anything other than that. It’s kinda been the runaround.”
Susan Davis, a representative of the Alameda Unified School District, told KPIX she couldn’t reveal much about the incident.
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“I can’t give you details about that because it is an ongoing investigation,” Davis said when asked why the teacher was still on campus and in the classroom.
The Alameda teacher isn’t the only educator to recently run afoul of parents for a racy assignment.
The Star Tribune of Minnesota reported on June 2 that a private school in Minneapolis had upset parents by taking a group of middle- and high-school students on a field trip to a sex novelty shop called the Smitten Kitten.
The trip was intended to be the final lesson of a months-long sex education class. But one upset parent called the trip a “breach of trust.”
The school’s director, Starri Hedges, defended the outing.
“What I saw happening on our trip, I thought it was beautiful because kids could talk to these sex educators without any shame, without any fear,” she said, before admitting that it probably wouldn’t happen again.
“It was certainly the first time we have taken that kind of field trip and it will probably be our last, which I feel bad (about) because the kids had so much fun,” Hedges said.
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