Parents of a Dekalb County School District middle school were shocked and outraged when their kids brought home worksheets that included explicit lyrics for their music class.
What was the lesson they were learning from explicit music lyrics?
An outraged mother went to Carl Willis of WSBTV to get the full story about the explicit homework. He posted the lesson with the questionable lyrics blurred out.
The lyrics are from a song called “Drowning” from rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie featuring Kodak Black. Apparently the sixth graders were told to rewrite the lyrics with a positive spin. The mother was shocked that her children were exposed to the language she had tried to keep them from listening to.
Did the district punish the teacher?
Bonnecia Williams, the music teacher, has been suspended for the homework, pending an investigation. She has been a teacher for two years. She sent a letter to parents explaining that she used bad judgement in crafting the lesson.
“At no time should students be subjected to this type of language at impressionable ages,” she wrote. “regardless of my best intentions, I failed miserably. I should have used better judgement.”
— Carl Willis (@CarlWillisWSB) September 20, 2017
What did the district say?
The Dekalb district released a statement from Superintendent Steve Green.
“The assignment was inappropriate, unacceptable and contrary to our standards,” the statement read. “The employee responsible has been removed from the classroom and will be held accountable for such poor judgment. While we encourage teacher creativity, the expectation is that the instruction is always standards-based and age appropriate.”