A Texas high school teacher’s assignment has caused some controversy after parents learned their freshman students watched the Derek Chauvin murder trial including the video of George Floyd death according to WFAA 8. A parent at Cedar Hill High School in Cedar Hill, Texas a suburb of Dallas said, “it is unfathomable to me that you felt it appropriate to force my child to watch George Floyd’s murder on television in your classroom, and then move on with his day as if nothing had happened.”
The assignment asked to serve as mock jurors and were told not to discuss the specifics of the trial and what they witnessed with family for six weeks. However, many parents are upset because they said the project was done outside of their consent. Along with the parents didn’t get a breakdown of the assignment until after they issued a complaint.
“This murder seen by millions around the globe was triggering and traumatizing for adults. Yet, you left students to handle their own emotions and mental health as they left your class, without proper and professional support,” the letter from the parent said.
The school district issued a statement to WFAA on Friday saying:
The assignment was not approved by campus or district administrators. The matter has been addressed with the teacher, and the assignment was removed.
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