Today in WTF news: a middle school teacher is under investigation after a parent discovered that her child had been assigned homework about properly injecting crystal meth. Now, I've seen some bizarre homework in the past, but this takes it to an entirely new level.
CBC first reported on February 17 that an Ontario Grade 8 teacher at Erin Mills Middle School was suspended after distributing instructions that described not only how to inject the drug, but how to make it. And one mother, Delight Greenidge, brought the obviously inappropriate assignment to the media's attention when her 13-year-old son asked her how to make a tourniquet as part of the assignment, reports 22 Words.
Initially, Greenidge thought "this cannot be real," but when she read the double-sided printout, she was completely shocked. "I'm reading this thing and my eyes are just swelling as I'm reading it and I think my blood pressure went up by about 50 points because it is detailed, step-by-step blueprint instructions on what you need to make crystal meth, how to prepare the crystal meth and then how to inject yourself with crystal meth," she told 22 Words. The instructions even told the student to act "scared" when cooking the meth and to act "happy" when injecting it.
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But that's not even the worst part. No, that would be that this wasn't even for a chemistry class a la Walter White in Breaking Bad. Rather it was for drama class. I repeat: DRAMA CLASS. Greenidge's son's drama group was reportedly meant to act out the making and injecting of meth for a skit, after their initial assignment (to make an original skit based on an old TV show using emotions) didn't work out. Jury's still out on how "original skit based on an old show" became "detailed skit about how to use dangerously addictive drugs."
Of course, Greenidge was furious about the assignment and concerned that it would undo the "good principles, good values, and moral character" that she had instilled in her son, citing the "influence and impact" that teachers have on impressionable young kids.
Lest you think this is some drastic misinterpretation of the teacher's assignment, the Peel District School Board did confirm to CBC that the yet-to-be-named teacher handed out the instructions to a group of his students. "I can't speak to his rationale for doing that," Carla Pereira, communications manager at the school board, told CBC. "We share the parents' concerns around that particular assignment." According to Pereira, the teacher allegedly got the instructions from the Internet, and he's been suspended without pay while the school district investigates.
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