KELLER, Texas – Students at Bear Creek Intermediate School are learning the ins and outs of the cocaine trade, and parents aren’t very happy about it.
“I felt like they were giving my kid a diagram on how to become a drug dealer,” parent Scott Pick told CBS DFW. “I was shocked by it. It startled me. It took me aback for a second … I grabbed the paper immediately.”
Pick said his son recently missed school with strep throat and received a packet of make-up work for science class about “Following a Sequence” that included the worksheet “The Cocaine Trade: From Field to Street.”
Pick told the site he noticed the worksheet as his son was catching up on his assignments.
“I walked by and noticed that in big b old letters across the front of his assignment it said … cocaine,” Pick said.
The assignment details the cocaine distribution process in six steps:
- Drug cartel buys coca paste (made from coca leaves) from a Colombian farmer for $950 per kilo
- Cartel “drug labs” turn the paste into powdered cocaine.
- Cartel smuggles cocaine by boat or plane into the U.S.
- Large distributors buy cocaine from cartel for $25,000 per kilo.
- Small distributors buy cocaine from large distributors. Small distributors divide the cocaine into tiny amounts to sell “on the street.”
- Drug abusers buy small packets of cocaine from street dealers (sellers). Buyers pay $87 a gram (a thousandth part of a kilo). Value of a kilo of cocaine on the street: $87,000.
The worksheet explains that a cartel “is an international group that controls or tries to control the supply of oil, natural gas, drugs, or other articles of trade.
“In Columbia rebel armies control the drug trade,” the sheet reads. “One rebel army there is said to make more than $500 million a year on the drug trade.”
The assignment also makes it clear the figures used are 1997 prices from the United Nations Office of Drug Control and Crime Prevention.
District officials told CBS DFW “the study sheet in question will be reviewed before being considered for future use,” though they did not detail what the review entails or how parents will know the district’s determination.
“Right now, I just don’t think it was age appropriate for him,” Pick said.
Interestingly, RT.com points out that district officials Tweeted about their efforts to stomp out drug abuse after the assignment surfaced and created some controversy.
“Keller ISD has been awarded a $100,000 drug prevention grant for a Community Coalition Task Force,” Keller Schools tweeted along with a link to a press release.
The statement contends that the grant “will allow the District to work with parents, community partners and students to address the community-wide drug challenge.
“Parent and staff education is key, and by working together, the District and community can attack this damaging trend.”