Pittsburgh 1st-Graders Given Homework Assignment About Running From Police

Pittsburgh Public Schools said it is investigating the source of the anti-police homework assignment.

Pittsburgh, PA – Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) said it has launched an investigation into why a group of first-graders was given a homework reading assignment focused on running away from police.

“Tom will run. He will run from the cop,” the assignment read. “Tom will run with Rob. They will not stop.”

The students’ homework also contained grammatical errors.

“’Get them!’ yells the cop to his dog. The dog gets Tom and Rob. Rob’s socks is wet from the pond,” the story concluded.

School District Solicitor Ira Weiss said that two Pittsburgh Linden PreK-5 teachers were involved in distributing the assignments to students, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

“We have become aware of an inappropriate homework assignment that was distributed to 1st grade students…The worksheet is not a part of the District’s curriculum or intervention programs,” PPS tweeted on Thursday.

“While we continue to support teacher autonomy to supplement classroom materials to meet the needs of their students, we must ensure that all materials placed in front of our students are culturally responsive, validating and affirming their cultural and ethnic identities,” the school district added.

The source of the materials remains under investigation, and PPS referred to the incident as a “personnel matter.”

Superintendent Anthony Hamlet denounced the assignment, and said he was “dismayed” to learn it had been distributed to students, WTAE reported.

“Not only does the content send the wrong message to our students, but is also does not meet our expectations for student instruction,” Hamlet added.

Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said that the message of the assignment undermines the efforts law enforcement officers make to develop positive relationships with citizens – including children, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

“I found the assignment to be so utterly irresponsible and depressing, I’m at a loss for words,” Superintendent McDonough said.

Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge 1 President Robert Swartzwelder said that the assignment essentially encouraged children to work against police.

“You’re sort of encouraging people to resist, you’re encouraging them to engage in flight at a very young age when everyone knows that if you comply with an officer’s directives that there’s a 99.9 percent chance that nothing will happen,” Swartzwelder told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “You don’t want to encourage anyone to flee.”

But Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers President Nina Esposito-Visgitis argued that parents were to blame for causing the widespread outrage regarding the assignment

Instead of posting the assignment on social media, parents should have gone to the teachers directly, she scolded.

“It’s very unfortunate that instead of someone asking the teachers what happened, it blew up on social media, and I mean the parents,” Esposito-Visgitis told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I’m going to go to the teachers first and ask them what happened because that’s what I think is socially appropriate to do.”

“I’m not saying what was written there was appropriate,” she added. “What was written there was disgusting. What was written there should never have been written.”

School Board President Lynda Wrenn said she believed the reading assignment was given to students by accident.

“That’s not the message we want to send to our kids,” Wrenn told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “You don’t want kids reading that they should be running from the police. It could be a matter of life and death. It’s a bad example on many levels.”

The homework packet appeared to have been created by a company called Kadeen Whitby, WTAE reported.

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flybynight
flybynight

"Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) said it has launched an investigation into why a group of first-graders was given a homework reading assignment focused on running away from police".

Well if you can't figure that out, you have no business in the education business, but I think you know.

flybynight
flybynight

Tom? Rob? You're about 50 years behind on the name game.

JBo
JBo

"...we must ensure that all materials placed in front of our students are culturally responsive, validating and affirming their cultural and ethnic identities."

Where does reading, writing, 'rithmetic come in?

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

This is what happens when affirmative action puts low IQ blacks into colleges, over more qualified whites and Asians. Everyone knows the black culture's Modus Operandi is to ALWAYS run from the police. This brazen attempt by a teacher to teach kids to break the law (yes running from the police is breaking the law) and undermine the foundation of a civilized society (law enforcement and the rules they enforce). THIS IS CRAZY!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"we must ensure that all materials placed in front of our students are culturally responsive, validating and affirming their cultural and ethnic identities."

in other words making sure that its geared to blacks and their problems and learning difficulties.

Ljubica48
Ljubica48

"School Board President Lynda Wrenn said she believed the reading assignment was given to students by accident."

I am completely fascinated by the idea that the reading assignment was given out "by accident," How exactly does an assignment get out by accident?

Perhaps the teachers who gave out the assignment erroneously received their teaching certificates by accident. Perhaps the accident is how they ever got in front of a classroom.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Not sure what all the fuss is about. Seemed like a reasonable story to me. People have a right to run from cops as long as they do it before the police officers starts a Terry Stop or stop'n'frisk. A cop with a mop can be a scary thing:

[quote]On the night of August 9, 1997, the police were called and several officers from the 70th Precinct were dispatched to the scene where Abner Louima and other men had got involved in a fight between two females in Club Rendez-Vous, a popular nightclub in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Police, supporters, and various people all became involved in the fight outside the club. Police officers Justin Volpe, Charles Schwarz, Thomas Bruder, and Thomas Wiese, and others responded to the scene. In the ongoing altercation, Volpe said that Louima had attacked him. Louima was charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing government administration, and resisting arrest. Later, Volpe admitted his accusation about Louima being his assailant was false.[2]

On the ride to the station, the arresting officers beat Louima with their fists, nightsticks, and hand-held police radios.[3] On arriving at the station house, they had Louima strip-searched and put in a holding cell. The beating continued later, culminating with Louima being sexually assaulted in a bathroom at the 70th Precinct station house in Brooklyn. Volpe kicked Louima in the testicles, and while Louima's hands were cuffed behind his back, he first grabbed onto and squeezed his testicles and then sexually assaulted him with a broken broomstick. According to trial testimony, Volpe walked through the precinct holding the bloody, excrement-stained instrument in his hand, bragging to a police sergeant that he "took a man down tonight."[4]

Louima's teeth were also badly damaged in the attack when the broom handle was jammed into his mouth.[5] He testified that a second officer in the bathroom helped Volpe in the assault but could not positively identify him. The identity of the second attacker became a point of serious contention during the trial and appeals. Louima also initially claimed that the officers involved in the attack called him a racial slur and shouted, "This is Giuliani-time" during the beating.[6] Louima later recanted that claim,. The reversal was used by police defense lawyers to cast doubt on the entirety of his testimony.[7]

The day after the incident, police took Louima to the emergency department at Coney Island Hospital. Escorting officers explained away his serious injuries, saying they were the result of "abnormal homosexual activities." An Emergency Department (ED) nurse, Magalie Laurent, suspecting that Louima's extreme injuries were not the result of homosexual sex, notified Louima's family and the Police Department's Internal Affairs Bureau of the likelihood that he had been sexually assaulted and beaten in custody.[3] Louima suffered severe internal damage to his colon and bladder in the attack, which required three major operations to repair. He was hospitalized for two months after the incident.[2][7] [/quote]

Wish505
Wish505

Fuel for the socialist educational system. The is the only way the left keeps getting rich of the dumb down Americans.

VintageCin
VintageCin

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kadeen-Teaches This is where the teacher from Pittsburgh obtained the worksheet. Kadeen Whitby is on Teachers Pay Teachers and created this disgusting assignment.

Rdhdkid
Rdhdkid

It is NOT a personal matter.

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

Why would anyone be surprised by this? Kids are being taught about homosexuality, transgenderism, any sort of perversion you can think of. Heard about "drag queen story time?" Might as well teach them to run from the police.

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Liberalism, Political Correctness and the Leftist ideology are ruining the world, and they are attempting to indoctrinate children at younger ages.

SARick
SARick

Disgusting by any and all standards. Additionally, "Rob's socks IS wet ...?????" I think the first grade students have a bigger problem that falling on a log.

Buffrat
Buffrat

"Rob's socks is wet from the pond" Please, if you're going to use a racially divisive learning tool in your classrooms, at least use proper grammar.

Nemk
Nemk

Accident my behind! Liars.

DJMM
DJMM

Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers President Nina Esposito-Visgitis argued that parents were to blame for causing the widespread outrage regarding the assignment. She is only mad because they have egg on their faces!

begone_liberals
begone_liberals

ah, so its not JUST California with the screwed up work sheets

LEO0301
LEO0301

This may be a “personnel matter" but the teacher's salary is paid for by tax payers. Release the findings and what punishment was doled out.

T Rex
T Rex

We need not search long to see why this nation is doomed to fail !

Raymelson
Raymelson

This teacher should go jail an be tried as a terrorist

VicG
VicG

Whoever assigned this should be fired immediately...

iamgideon
iamgideon

Listen Lynda, You know that was not handed out by mistake. Did the teacher just grab some papers and start passing them out, not even look to see what it was? Perhaps you meant mistake as in It Was Meant For Second Graders?

Grog
Grog

There are no teachers. Only Intoctrinators who specialize in brainwashing.

Bill249
Bill249

Pathetic..... and the last line "Robs socks is wet" Ignorant! lol

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

It appears stupidity runs deep at this school! Virtually common sense is non existant!

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Rob's socks is wet from the pond...

:/ I hate that!

Ibizian
Ibizian

Yo cuz, my socks is wet from the pond..

Said no black child or man ever.. Well, not the yo cuz part but I wanted to be racially divergent..

No black man running from the police will voluntarily run into a damn pond.. They know they'll never get away that way, so why would they even try it. Maybe chased into a pond by the police canine, but at least get the grammar and use case correct. No 1st grade kid is going to run to a pond...

The teacher, regardless is as fault for either the message or the ebonics..

Anomie88
Anomie88

I ain't do 'nuffin, said the teacher in Pittsburgh. Translation: It is unclear at the moment how that inane and inappropriate assignment was given to these impressionable children. Although we cannot control the home environment, the teachers at our school strive to create an atmosphere of learning, stimulation, creative thinking and cooperation when the children are here. Sigh...if only that were true.