A sixth-grade school teacher is under investigation by school officials in Gwinnett County, Georgia, after asking students to draw a Nazi mascot as part of a homework assignment, according to AJC.com.
The assignment asked students to envision “the year is 1935 and you have been tasked with creating a mascot to represent the Nazi party at its political rallies.”
“Think about all of the information you have learned about Hitler and the Nazi party,” the assignment directed. “You will create a COLORFUL illustration of the mascot. Give the mascot a NAME. You will also write an explanation as to why the mascot was chosen to represent the Nazi party.”
Parents of the students were confused and angered at the assignment that was given to their children.
Jamie Brown, whose 11-year son received the assignment, called it “demeaning”.
“I don’t understand it, really to be honest, that we’re actually creating a mascot for an individual that murdered thousands of people,” Brown told Fox 5. “I guess I’m the voice for the voiceless, for the kids that can’t question the authority of the teacher, can’t question the legitimacy of the assignment that’s given out”.
“At this point, I think a formal apology should be handed out, and the teacher involved should be reprimanded,” he added. “From this day forward, I will be checking every homework assignment coming home from Shiloh Middle School.”
Brown wasn’t the only one concerned over the assignment. The president of the NAACP Atlanta chapter Richard Rose also questioned the reason for having the assignment.
“When you think about a mascot for something, you think it’s a good thing — mascot for your college, mascot for your high school. This is nothing to celebrate,” he told WSB-TV Atlanta.
One of the school’s spokesperson condemned the assignment given by the social studies teacher.
“This assignment is not a part of the approved materials provided by our Social Studies department and is not appropriate and the school is addressing the use of this assignment with the teacher,” district spokeswoman Sloan Roach told AJC.com.