A Georgia middle school teacher was suspended for assigning homework to her sixth grade students that featured explicit lyrics by rapper Kodak Black.
The teacher got into trouble after Crishana Wright, a mother of one of her pupils, saw the homework given to them and couldn’t help being shocked. Crishana said she reviewed her daughter, Kalani’s homework and found words that appeared to be explicit, violent and sexually suggestive rap lyrics.
She queried her daughter and the girl told her that her teacher assigned homework featuring lyrics from rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s collabo with Kodak Black, titled “Drowning”. Kalani said her and fellow students were instructed to exchange the negative lyrics into something positive.
The teacher gave them an example of changing negative lyrics to positive. For example, instead of the lyrics “I’m drowning,” she used “I’m rising” “because we always rise above.”
Crishana said she understood the teacher’s intention, but it wasn’t well-thought-out. She said the language used in the assignment was not allowed in her home and should have no place in a school.
She told WSB-TV: “I’m reading all these words and I immediately asked her why she had this and she said it was an assignment.”
“It was really against everything that I try to teach them,” she continued.
She added: “I think we all kind of know when it may be a problem, then if that’s the case don’t take the chance. You’re dealing with children’s minds; you have to be very cautious.”
Kalani told WSB that she knew her mother “would be mad” when she brought her assignment home. No other parents complained about the homework but Chrishana’s complaint was enough to get the teacher suspended.
DeKalb County School District Superintendent R. Stephen Green said in a statement that the teacher used poor judgment and she was removed from the classroom.
The Superintendent wrote: “The assignment was inappropriate, unacceptable and contrary to our standards. The employee responsible has been removed from the classroom and will be held accountable for such poor judgment. While we encourage teacher creativity, the expectation is that the instruction is always standards-based and age appropriate.”