A veteran Ohio English teacher is out of a job after parents complained about a “sick” and “disturbing” online morality test she assigned to students at Bradley High School.
Hillard City School District officials refuse to identify the teacher who assigned the questionnaire from IDR Labs titled “Moral Foundations Test,” but confirmed to WSYX she’d worked at the school and others in the area for more than a decade.
The so-called test tasks readers with rating the morality of 36 different situations, with topics covering everything from incest to killing innocent animals. Students told WSYX the assignment seemed “weird” and “disturbing,” so they told their parents, many of whom contacted school officials over the questionable content.
Question 10 of 36, for example, poses the scenario: “Using both a condom and the pill, a brother and a sister decide that they want to sleep with each other – just once, to see what it would be like.”
Another scenario, Question 18 of 36, was equally disturbing.
“A man orders a custom-built sex doll designed to look just like his niece.”
“That’s just sick! Sick,” parent Chris Chaffin told the news site.
Many of the questions on the test are relatively benign, such as a man dismissing a homeless beggar and female students body shaming each other, but others are more graphic.
“While on a live on-air tv show, a man kills a baby rabbit with a knife,” Question 12 of 36 read.
Question 13 of 36: “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.”
Question 14 of 36: “A pair of parents read about the exotic delicacies of Africa and the Far East. In the coming week, they serve dog meat to their children.”
The flood of complaints from parents forced district officials to address the issue in a prepared statement last week.
“ … We were made aware of a classroom activity that should never have taken place. 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,” the district wrote. “It is important to understand this was an isolated incident and an activity of this nature would never be considered acceptable.”
Four days later, district officials announced the teacher voluntarily resigned, Fox 28 reports.
“The circumstances that led to the resignation are disappointing, as she has recognized,” according to a second statement. “While the District’s approved curriculum and educational materials encourage students to think critically, several items on this online quiz were simply inappropriate and inconsistent with established classroom resources.
“This should never have been given,” the statement continued. “The District works hard to earn the respect and support of students, parents and the community at-large and we regret any mistrust this may have caused.”