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Broward County school district issues controversial worksheet assignment asking if Parkland shooter deserves to die


Needless to say, the district apologized for the worksheet pretty fast

A Broward County, Florida, school is under fire after assigning a worksheet prompting freshman high school students to discuss whether they thought confessed Parkland mass murderer Nikolas Cruz deserved to die.

Cruz admitted to gunning down at least 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, and injuring even more.

In March, Cruz was charged with 17 counts of murder in connection with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, as well as 17 counts of attempted murder.

He will face the death penalty if convicted on the murder charges.

What are the details of the assignment?

The assignment, which came out of the Coral Glade High School in Coral Springs, Florida, on Friday was provided by the Scholastic Corporation, according to WPLG-TV.

The worksheet itself was titled "Does Nikolas Cruz deserve to die" and was handed out to ninth-grade students at the school. The worksheet also featured questions about capital punishment and the Eighth Amendment.

Cameron Kasky, one of the massacre survivors, was even featured in the worksheet. Kasky was quoted in another article, which was featured in the assignment.

The question featuring Kasky's remarks read, "In the article, Cameron Kasky says, 'Let him rot forever.' His tone can best be described as _________."

Multiple choice answers included "truthful," "angry," "gloomy," and "fearful."

Kasky responded to the news in a Friday tweet, in which he called the worksheet "pathetic."

"This worksheet was given to students in @BrowardSchools," Kasky wrote. "I cannot begin to express how pathetic I find this."

He added, "Our school board should add this to the list of 1000+ reasons to be ashamed."

This worksheet was given to students in @BrowardSchools. I cannot begin to express how pathetic I find this. Our school
board should add this to the list of 1000+ reasons to be ashamed. pic.twitter.com/tEl3BzTLg0
— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) December 7, 2018

The school issued a statement about the worksheet.

The statement read:

Coral Glades High School Pulls Assignment with Insensitive Content

Coral Glades High School administration was unaware that an assignment, which included insensitive content concerning Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, had been distributed to students today. The material was from a subscription-based publication, used as a curriculum resource. The school's leadership has pulled the assignment, is instituting an approved review process of all such materials and regrets that this incident occurred. Broward County Public Schools is working with the publisher to make them aware of our concerns.

In their own statement, the Scholastic Corporation somewhat apologized for the worksheet.

The statement read:

The article and the quiz were intended only to provide a platform for meaningful conversations around the history, civics and social impact of the death penalty. We deeply regret if the use of this real life example added in any way to the ongoing suffering of the students, families and educators of the Parkland community.
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