Florida teacher fired for 'inappropriate' homework assignment


A teacher in Hernando County, Florida has been fired after giving what parents thought was an inappropriate assignment.

The sheet, titled "How Comfortable Are You?", asked Fox Chapel Middle School students to scale how comfortable they'd be in certain situations. They center on race, gender, sexual orientation and other traits about people that may make some "uncomfortable."

See the assignment

ABC Action News interviewed parent Jennifer Block, whose 12-year-old daughter was given the assignment.

"How comfy are you if you see a group of black men walking to you on the street? That's completely inappropriate. In no world, whatsoever, is that okay to question a child on," Block said.

Student Tori Drews concurred. "I thought it was very inappropriate. I thought some of them were racist. I thought some of them were sexist," Drews told ABC Action News. "I thought it was completely intolerable."

Examples on the sheet include, "Your dentist is HIV positive" and "The young man sitting next to you on the airplane is Arab."

Drews, a sixth-grade student, was given the sheet in her "Leader In Me" class. The teacher apparently told the class that they were not allowed to take it home or show their parents.

The Hernando County School District did not identify the teacher, but they were only hired this January.