18 Jan 2015

Parents Shocked by Middle School Teacher’s Assignment: Write a Story on How to Kill Me

A middle school teacher from Montgomery County, MD decided to “think” outside the box on a recent writing assignment for her four English classes which completely backfired. Last November, Patricia Lorenzen, assigned her students to write a story on how to kill her.
It seems she wanted to work on their grammar skills and required the use at least three gerunds, three infinitives and three participles in the student’s description of how to murder their teacher.
Remarkably this assignment upset some parents causing Ms. Lorenzen to send a letter of apology to the parents stating, “I was trying to create an assignment that would be an engaging way to review some grammar concepts, but it was not appropriate and should not have happened.”

The Washington Post reached out to Ms. Lorenzen who declined to respond but the Principal James D’Andrea sent this in an email:

“The teacher stated in the letter to parents that she was trying to engage students in reviewing some grammar concepts. However, she has acknowledged that she used poor judgment with this assignment, and it absolutely should not have occurred. She has apologized to parents and there have been no further issues regarding her assignments. Since this is a personnel matter, I can’t say more at this time. When this occurred more than two months ago, I personally apologized on behalf of the school to the parents who contacted me. The matter has settled down since that time.”


The lack of poor judgement on the part of this teacher is scary. She is teaching children, offering opinions, helping to mold their minds. How did she ever think this was a good idea, ever?

The hypocrisy is astounding, almost laughable. Public schools have become notorious for banning any reference to guns in writing or play, going so far as to suspend students if they point their finger in the shape of a gun at anyone. Any papers, artwork, scribbles or the like found on a student with any violent reference whatsoever immediately involves the police, potential charges, suspension, even expulsion from school. 


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