In Jackson, Wyo., parents of students at Jackson Hole High School were dismayed by a questions on a quiz, which asked students why one of the book’s characters ordered a gun to be fired. The very first possible answer listed for the question was, “He was shooting at [President Donald J.] Trump.”
The multiple-choice online English test was about George Orwell’s 1945 novel “Animal Farm.” The full question, “Napoleon has the gun fired for a new occasion. What is the new occasion?” had three other possible answers: ″his birthday,” ″for completion of the windmill” and “to scare off the attackers of Animal Farm.” Parents were angered over the inclusion of the President Trump option.
After receiving angry complaints, school officials with the Teton County School District No. 1 confirmed the answer was on a quiz, which had been administered online by their secure learning management system. The quiz has since been taken down and officials have apologized.
Parents are unhappy that politics continue to filter into the classroom. Jim McCollum, one of the parents upset by the quiz, said his son Rylee McCollum had taken a screenshot of the online test to show him (see picture below).
“I had to read it two times,” McCollum said. “I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?'”
McCollum, believes that the question was completely out of line. “It’s about respect for the office more than anything,” he said, according to the Jackson Hole News and Guide. “That’s enough of this. No way.”
“It was so inappropriate to show a name of a sitting president in that question,” McCollum said. “To me, that is so wrong in light of the situation in our country and the divisiveness and all.”
District officials said they were investigating.
“TCSD #1 takes seriously threats of any kind, regardless of the intent. We apologize to the students, families and community for this incident and will be addressing the issue with personnel,” a Teton County School District statement released Friday said.
Last year, Wyoming voted for Trump by the widest majority of any state, 70 percent. In Teton County, where this incident took place, twice failed presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton got 60 percent of the vote, the only Wyoming county in which the Democratic candidate won.
“Shooting at Trump” – Parents not happy over Leftist’s multiple choice answer @ Jackson Hole Wyoming High School https://t.co/dFqcy56h4j
— mathewsjw (@mathewsjw) October 7, 2017
https://t.co/2PpFMs4Z4H Jackson Hole High School liberal ideology showing. Completely inappropriate.
— OnTheRightSide (@sisandfriends) October 6, 2017
I called Jackson Hole High School to complain. The number is 307-732-3700. We cannot allow these disturbed “teachers” to indoctrinate kids.
— Ruth Lee (@RuthBLee) October 6, 2017
— JH News&Guide (@JacksonHoleNews) October 6, 2017
Below is parent Jim McCollum’s original post. WARNING: Includes bad language.
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