Assignment causes controversy

Published: Sep. 14, 2022 at 11:26 AM CDT
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LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) -An English teacher at Macarthur High is receiving mixed reactions from parents after a controversial assignment was given.

Students were asked to write a reflective paper on whether or not they used the word and why they think society accepts it in music.

We spoke to one parent who has teenage kids attending Lawton Public Schools, he believes this is a very needed conversation.

“I think most adults are probably uncomfortable with it because most adults are uncomfortable with having the conversation civilly and thoroughly and so a lot of us are projecting that on our children and assuming that they can’t have it, but we’re not really understanding how much of a mixed environment they grow up in, ”said Zackery.

The assignment was called “The N word” and was reportedly based off the book “To kill a Mockingbird,” which is a part of the 9th grade curriculum.

Lawton Public Schools said they were unable to speak on personnel issues.

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CORRECTION: This story originally stated Lawton Public Schools declined to comment. It has been changed to clarify that LPS does not comment on personnel issues.