A Hilliard City Schools high school teacher has been put on administrative leave after she gave her language-arts class a "morality test" with disturbing questions.
The test started out with provocative and thought-provoking scenarios, and students were supposed to decide which ones were acceptable and which weren’t:
A man refuses to cooperate with police during a traffic stop.
Women demand entry into an all-male private club.
Someone calls a homeless man who is asking for spare change a “loser” and keeps on walking.
But the questions on the online test became disturbing:
“A man kills a baby rabbit with a knife” on a live TV show.
“A brother and a sister decide that they want to sleep with each other – just once, to see what it would be like,” but use a condom and the pill.
“Sarah’s dog has four puppies. She can only find a home for two of them, so she kills the other two with a stone to the head.”
When Todd Sandberg’s 10th-grade son started discussing the online test given to him in class Sept. 5, Sandberg thought other parents needed to know.
So he described the incident on a Facebook page for Hilliard residents, setting off a frenzy.
“My job was to point it out,” Sandberg said. “It is clearly evident that it’s out there in the public. The public eye is aware of it.
“I knew it was going to cause a firestorm.”
Read the full story and see excerpts from the test on dispatch.com.
By NEIL THOMPSON
A Hilliard City Schools teacher has been placed on administrative leave for "a classroom activity that should never have taken place."
When asked about the rumored incident Sept. 6, district spokeswoman Stacie Raterman said a statement was posted at hilliardschools.org.
"That is all we are commenting," she said.
"Last night we were made aware of a classroom activity that should never have taken place," the statement said. "We absolutely share the outrage of our parents and community. In consultation with our legal counsel we have put this teacher on administrative leave while we complete our internal investigation.
"It is important to understand this was an isolated incident and an activity of this nature would never be considered acceptable.
"On behalf of the District we would like to apologize to the students and families involved in this situation."
No other details were immediately available.
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