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For mature audiences only: classroom assignment raises eyebrows

Posted at 1:57 PM, Nov 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-29 21:07:47-05

They were written on a classroom whiteboard in big, black, bold letters. Words so profane, the Federal Communications Commission, and federal law bans them from being spoken on television broadcasts.

Parent Shalin Gonzalez says it came as a shock when they were written down in her daughters near-perfect penmanship on a classroom assignment.

It was apparently a lesson in gender stereotypes.

"It was the profanity, the vulgar words, it was just shocking," said Gonzalez.

The assignment came from an English class at Legacy High School back in September.

Gonzalez says her daughter hid the assignment from her for two months.

"She was confused, she was scared to tell me, she thought she was going to get in trouble," explained Gonzalez.

This is not the first racy material to come home from this particular class.

Gonzalez says a copy of Judy Blume's 1975 novel "Forever" made its way into her teen daughter's hands.

"I was skimming through it and I was like wait a minute, why do you have this?" said Gonzalez

The novel depicts a teenage love affair and contains graphic sexual content.

Contact 13 asked about the classroom confusion and whether the material was appropriate. 

A spokesperson with the Clark County School District released a statement:

“Whether in their daily lives while utilizing social media, the Internet, television or in person, stereotypes are observed by young people.


“In this instance, an educator worked to discuss gender stereotypes in the classroom over the course of several weeks.


“A set of words were generated by students taking part in a class discussion about gender stereotypes. The words were provided by students to the teacher as things they have reportedly heard or come across.


“We understand that these words are offensive to many, and the intention of the teacher was to point out the use of stereotypes in our society and in literature. The purpose was to stimulate thoughtful classroom discussion, not to be vulgar.”

Gonzalez questions why it all had to be spelled out in black and white and then copied down by the students. 

Gonzalez fears the lesson will only reinforce the derogatory terms.

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