Pa. school district investigating homework about kids running from cop

The assignment was distributed to first graders at a pre-K school in Pittsburgh

Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Pittsburgh school officials are investigating "inappropriate" homework assigned to first graders about children running from a police officer.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the one-page reading assignment describes children named Tom and Rob running from "the cop" and not stopping.

Superintendent Anthony Hamlet said in a statement Thursday that the assignment sends the wrong message to students and doesn't meet expectations for instruction.


We have become aware of an inappropriate homework assignment that was distributed to 1st grade students at Pittsburgh...

Posted by Pittsburgh Public Schools on Thursday, September 26, 2019

Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers President Nina Esposito-Visgitis says the apparent aim was to teach kids short words with the letter "O'' in the middle. She says the assignment was a mistake but that parents should've contacted the teachers rather than posting on social media.

Local police officials called the assignment irresponsible and said they're glad the district is investigating.

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