On Sept. 11, a 7th grade class was given a freakish, offensive homework assignment. The 12 and 13-year-olds were told to write a goodbye letter while pretending they were in either one of the planes or the World Trade Center twin towers during the 2001 terrorist strike, knowing full well that their lives were about to be snuffed out.
“It was almost like reading a suicide note,” said Kate Gurka, whose daughter attends Fairview Junior High in Alvin, Texas, according to Fox26 Houston.
“She told me, ‘mom the teacher wants us to write a letter like we were stuck on a tower or on a plane and then she showed me the paper.’ I just thought it was absolutely ridiculous,” said Gurka.
The assignment’s instructions included the following:
If you knew you were about to die, who would you want to be the last person that you talked to? Write a letter to that person. What would you want them to know? Please give a lot of thought to this letter.
“I don’t want her to lose her job. I’m sure she is a fantastic teacher but she needs to lower her thoughts,” said Gurka.
Asking the teacher to “lower her thoughts” is certainly one idea. Another might be to have her write a letter pretending she were about to get a pink slip — then give her one.
Watch the news report, courtesy of Fox26 Houston.
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