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School Apologizes For 'Bullet Through Head' Homework Question (Photo)

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A mother from England says she is furious after reading an unusual grammar question on her 11-year-old son's test prep worksheet that contained the words 'bullet through your head.'

Alex Garrod's 11-year-old son, Harry, who attends East Church Primary School, was completing his grammar homework, which required students to differentiate between "I" and "me," when he read a question that shocked him -- and shocked his mother just as much, Kent Online reports.

The sentence, which included spaces where students had to add "I" or "me" read: "Hand...the money before...put a bullet through your head."

Garrod, 29, says her son was unable to concentrate on any other question after reading the one about guns and violence. 

"It put him off the rest of the paper because all he could talk about was the bullet question," Garrod told Kent Online. "There's thousands of more appropriate sentences they could have used for the test. Teachers are really busy, and proofreading homework sheets isn't something they should be doing as these are pre-prepared test sheets. Afterwards, I did explain to Harry that you don't need to be putting bullets through people's heads to get money. He was like, 'I know that Mum.'"

The test sheet was given to Year 6 students to help them prepare for the SATS test for spelling, grammar and punctuation. 

The school's headteacher, Sarah Hunt, apologized for the question, and explained that it was taken from a Times Educational Supplement site used by teachers, The Telegraph reports.

"Unfortunately this particular piece of work was not checked thoroughly before being sent home with the children, and we are sorry that this has caused concern with the family," Hunt said. "Our school encourages parents with any concerns about their child's education to come into school for a chat with their teacher or, if they prefer, myself and we are disappointed that the parents did not do so in this case."

A spokesman for TES said: "The test sheet in question was once of many resources posted by our community of users. It has been removed from our website and we apologise [sic] for any offence [sic] it may have caused." 

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Sources: Kent Online, The Telegraph

Photo Credit: Kent Online, express.co.uk