A father in the United States has expressed outrage at a sexually explicit question that was featured in his daughter's homework from Westside High School.
Omar Austin of Jacksonville, Florida, shared a video on his Facebook page of a test sheet that had been handed to his child - who is in the 11th grade - to complete at home.
When inspecting the paper, Omar noticed that a science question contained language and terminology that most would deem inappropriate for a child of that age. Eleventh graders are typically 16-17-years old.
The multiple answer question read:
Ursula was devastated when her boyfriend broke up with her after having sex.
To get revenge, she had sex with his best friend the next day. Ursula had a beautiful baby girl nine months later.
Ursula has type O blood, her ex-boyfriend has AB blood and his best friend is type A blood.
If her baby daddy is her ex-boyfriend what could the possible blood type(s) of her baby NOT be.
See evidence of the question in the video below.
The video has been viewed more than 11,000 times since it was shared on the website.
Speaking to the local news station First Coast News, a shocked Omar stated that this type of language shouldn't be used in a classroom. He said:
Those type of questions should be left for reality TV and soap operas, not an 11th grader’s anatomy class.
The words ‘baby daddy’ and ‘baby mama’ being used, that’s foresight.
The fact that she’s having sex with one guy and to get revenge on this guy she has sex with his best friend the next day?
I mean, that’s just not something that I want to teach any student.
However, he did add that the school shouldn't take the blame and the school district, who distributed the questions, should be the ones who answer for the question's existence.
This was a district-generated worksheet that her teacher just printed offline and it was given to the students.
I want it to be acknowledged. I want it to be reviewed. And I want it to be changed. I think that we can do better.
In response, the Duval County Public Schools released the following statement:
The question was highly inappropriate and was not part of a district assessment. We are thankful to the parent who contacted the school directly to share his concerns.
Immediately upon being made aware of this matter, school and district leaders began conducting a review of the situation. Appropriate and corrective action will be taken.
We encourage parents to contact their school leaders directly if they ever have any concerns about their child’s school and instructional experience so that we can immediately work to problem-solve.