A Georgia middle school social studies teacher recently gave his class a writing assignment that has some parents upset, Blue Lives Matter reported.
What's the story?
Corey Sanders, who teaches seventh-graders at Hampton Middle School in Hampton, assigned his students to write letters to U.S. lawmakers persuading them to pass tighter gun restriction laws.
Sanders' assignment read:
You are trying to persuade lawmakers to have stricter gun laws to help prevent another school shooting from taking place.
For this assignment, you are writing a letter to the lawmakers of the United States. The purpose of this letter is to pressure lawmakers to have stricter gun laws in the United States. Your letter should contain at least five complete sentences. Make sure that you use proper grammatical skills when writing your letter.
William Lee, a law enforcement officer in a nearby county, told Blue Lives Matter that his son recently brought home the assignment from Hampton Middle School.
“I asked him what he had for homework that night, and he said he had to write a paper on gun control,” Lee said. “I said, 'Uh, oh. Let me see the assignment.'”
Then Lee logged in to his son's online classroom, where he confirmed the assignment.
“I looked at it, and I told my son, ‘No, you’re not doing that assignment,’” Lee told Blue Lives Matter. “Then I emailed his teacher the next day and told him that my son would not be writing that.”
The teacher responded to Lee's email that it was OK for his son not to complete the assignment and that he wouldn't lose points for not doing it.
What was the intent of the letters?
“The first thing I wondered was what was their intent with these letters,” Lee said. “Were they planning to mail them?”
Then Lee wondered how the assignment fits into his son's curriculum.
"The Georgia Standard of Excellence, which is what the Henry County curriculum is based on, says that my seventh-grader is supposed to be studying Asia, Africa, and the Middle East in social studies,” Lee said. “There’s nothing in the course curriculum about gun control.”
Other parents also expressed concern about the assignment, according to Lee, but those parents were unaware until after their students had turned in their work.
“Where are these letters now?” Lee asked.
The father said he also wonders if the teacher planned on mailing them.
Sanders did not respond to Blue Lives Matters' request for comments.
And the school principal and district superintendent have also failed to respond to Blue Lives Matters' requests.