Rebecca Gomez’s eighth-grade daughter brought home a vocabulary quiz from Timber Ridge Middle School last week, which isn’t out of the ordinary — that is, until Mom got an eyeful of a few fill-in-the-blank questions:
It was difficult for me to [blank] my feeling when I learned that Donald J. Trump had been voted in as our 45th President.
After reading about President Trump’s immigration ban, I did not realize how [blank] the law can be.
To say Gomez was livid over the questions from the Plainfield, Illinois, school is an understatement.
“I am one unhappy parent!” she wrote on a Facebook post on March 22.
Gomez told the Plainfield Patch, “I was just mortified. I was shocked when I actually saw the questions — I couldn’t believe that a teacher would write those questions.”
Tom Hernandez, director of community relations for District 202, confirmed to the Patch that the quiz was created by a Timber Ridge teacher and given to students.
“We are aware of the quiz,” he told the outlet Friday. “We are conducting an inquiry and review of the matter and if warranted, will take appropriate disciplinary action.”
Other questions in the same section were:
There is great [blank] among Americans, especially those who are strong supporter [sic] of President Trump and those who are against him.
The President of the United States [blank] accused the media of covering up terrorist attacks in European countries.
I have [blank] to seek out non-biased news so that I am a well-educated and informed citizen.
Gomez told the Patch she met Friday with Timber Ridge Principal Dean Kariotakis and Director of Administration and Personnel Jennifer Orlos and was told the teacher was spoken to by administrators regarding the quiz.
“We’re not looking to get her fired or anything,” Gomez told the outlet, adding that she “wanted to get this out there because this kind of stuff is not appropriate for school” and “it’s all in the media, we don’t need this in the classroom.”
Commenters on Gomez’s Facebook page agreed.
“The indoctrination of our youth by Liberal academia,” one commenter wrote. “It has been going on for years. Thank God my kids turned out Conservative!! … This woman needs to be fired! She can’t even present a test that is grammatically correct!!”
Another wrote, “Imagine how much trouble a teacher would get into if they shared their conservative beliefs in this manner … not even okay in super conservative Texas!”
One person who said she’s not a Trump supporter nevertheless declared “how rude for her to do this!“
“Exactly!” Gomez replied to the comment. “I don’t care who you support … politics should not be shoved in our children’s face in school!!“