Vermilion

Sep 18, 2013 11:33 PM by Erin Steuber

Fourth Grade Worksheet References 'Pimp' and Weapons

A Vermilion Parish mother is outraged about her child's homework involving terms like "pimp" and references to weapons. It's an incident the superintendent says was contained to just one class at Eaton Park Elementary. But the question is why was that material distributed to fourth graders???

One of the two worksheets Brittney Badeaux's 9-year-old son was asked to complete for homework contains a passages explaining machine guns.

"I think it's appalling," said Badeaux. "Why my 9-year-old needs to know why a machine gun needs to be cooled down, or why holding the trigger will produce rapid fire, I don't understand."

In the second worksheet students had to find the common theme "twist" from words like "tornado," the 50's dance move and a rapper named "twista." The worksheet also references his song "Po-Pimp."

"I don't send my son to school to learn these type of life lessons, especially at the age of nine," said Badeaux.

Vermilion Parish School Superintendent Jerome Puyau said the worksheet is in accordance with Common Core standards adopted by Louisiana. Puyua says, Common Core uses real world scenarios to set the stage for education, and that the worksheets were pulled from an educational website.

"We realize that some of the components of this are not exactly what we would feel as appropriate," said Puyau. "But we are constantly auditing and editing to look at what's out there."

Puyau says the worksheet has already been pulled and will not be used again.

"I'm almost speechless, you know, because I feel like there's so much violence already. How are we going to stop any of it if this is what's being fed to them?," said Badeaux.

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