A seventh-grade teacher in the Houston area received death threats after giving students an assignment that appeared critical of President Donald Trump, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The teacher from the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District, was not identified in the newspaper’s report.
Students had been assigned to read 10 essays written by students and determine what each essay inferred. The assignment was designed to increase student’s critical-thinking.
One of the essays was titled “Trump Against American Values.” The essay reportedly said some of the policies of the president “have gone against what Americans value most, like freed of opportunity.” The essay asked students questions following the essay and provided multiple answers to choose from, including: “Donald Trump should not be president.”
A concerned parent reported the assignment to Texas State Rep. Briscoe Cain, a Republican, who ripped into the teacher and school district, according to the Chronicle.
"This individual has violated the sacred trust that every parent has with the state of Texas when they send their child into a public school," Cain said. "They have lost the privilege of being in a classroom with Texas children, and forfeit the title of teacher. No teacher should attempt to indoctrinate a child to their ideology, no matter who is in the White House."
A statement by the district said the teacher did not use “good judgment” in the assignment and acknowledged it has received calls about it.
“Many of those calls were deeply disturbing and threatening in nature,” the district said.
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