Ohio Teacher Resigns After Assigning a Quiz About Incest and Murder
OHIO - September 13, 2018
The scandal erupted at Hilliard Bradley High School after a teacher assigned her students a quiz dealing with taboo topics like incest, killing and animal abuse. The teacher then resigned amid outrage.
Children's parents were shocked by such the test and demanded from the school head of the institution conduct an investigation.
Sarah Gillam, a language arts instructor at the school, located in a Columbus suburb, submitted her resignation Monday after being on indefinite paid leave since September 6.
She admitted that the cause of her resignation was related to the quiz, said district spokesperson Stacie Raterman.
Among the more graphic scenarios covered in the online assignment were: "A brother and sister decide they want to sleep with each other -- just once, to see what it would be like" or "A man kills a baby rabbit with a knife on a live TV show" or "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."
The point of the quiz was for the students to use their own sense of morality to analyze these hypothetical situations.
When Todd Sandberg, a parent of one of Gillam’s pupils, learned of the assignment, he referenced it on a Facebook post to alert other parents of the graphic content being covered in the classroom.
Gillam, 35, had been employed by the Hilliard School District since 2007, reported The Dispatch.
"The circumstances that led to the resignation are disappointing, as she has recognized," the school board said in a written statement. "While the district’s approved curriculum and educational materials encourage students to think critically, several items in this online quiz were simply inappropriate and inconsistent with established classroom resources."
The teacher herself said that she didn't expect a negative reaction from the parents. According to the school report, some parents demanded that the leadership Hilliard Bradleу High School to suspend Gillam from work and investigate.
The school administration issued a statement explaining its position. It says that the leadership regrets what happened, and recognizes the parents concern. Teachers often ask children to think critically, but this test really crossed the line.