Parents claim middle school homework assignment bashed police

HAMILTON, OH (WLWT) — A middle school homework assignment raised eyebrows when it tackled the topic of police brutality.

An assignment titled “Vocabulary- Police Brutality” was distributed to a class at Wilson Middle School in Hamilton, Ohio. The lesson words listed on the sheet were: brutality, merely, prosecuted, excessive and minority. Students were instructed to fill in the blanks, but the following paragraph gave some people concern:

“The numbers don’t lie; minority people (more so black than Hispanic) experience more violent arrests from police officers than do white people. The unfortunate thing is that most police officers aren’t prosecuted in cases of brutality against them.”

The reading continues on to say: “These cases rare make it to court and the officers are acquitted of any crime.”

The school district says the teacher was challenging students to use critical thinking skills while discussing current events.

“I would say all school systems try to review lesson plans that teachers submit. There is also some spontaneity in learning. There has to be trust with our teachers,” said Hamilton City Schools Superintendent Tony Orr.

It is not clear if the teacher will face disciplinary action.

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