Texas High School Sparks Outrage After Students Were Asked To Solve A Question On Rape

Texas High School Sparks Outrage After Students Were Asked To Solve A Question On Rape

The question for the test was supposedly framed by the biology teacher and 90 students were given that as homework.

Source: Twitter/ KRPC2 Houston

It's one thing for teachers to get creative with the questions that they hand out to their students, but there's a line they mustn't cross. Ninth graders at Klein Collins High School took home their biology homework, only to find a question about who "raped Suzy" on it. The question asked students to match DNA samples among suspected rapists. The question read: “Suzy was assaulted in an alley and is a victim of rape. The police collected a sample of sperm that was left at the crime scene and now have three suspects in custody. Which of the suspects raped Suzy?”



The question for the test was supposedly written by the biology teacher and 90 students were given the question, though the school district claims that the copy was not approved by the school or the district. “The assignment is not part of the District’s approved curriculum and is by no means representative of the District’s instructional philosophy. The District has investigated the source of the materials and appropriate corrective action has been taken.”



“It’s upsetting and I know girls this age, just the thought…they know that rape is forced non-consensual sex and that upsets them,” said a mom of a 10th-grade girl at the school, who teared up while adding, “That’s why I can’t fathom a teacher putting that on a test.” Another parent wondered why the school doesn’t approve test questions beforehand and how a teacher was allowed to give a disturbing question like this.



Writer Emily Alford wrote about the horror of this situation so well in her piece for Jezebel, writing that “apart from its inappropriateness, is that it reflects ideas about rape that high schools and colleges still cling to despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary: that rape is something only ‘felons’ do while ignoring the fact that a student given the question on an assignment might currently be attending classes with their rapist.”



At a time where issues like rape need to be dealt with a lot of care, it was quite careless of the teacher to nonchalantly frame a question about a topic like this. Most sexual assault cases go unreported, even on campus and to see something like this is plain grotesque. Also, the school hasn't given out any details about the consequences the teacher will have to face for this particular question that ninth-graders had to answer. 



People had mixed opinions about the question on rape. Kaitlyn Victoria Donnelly wrote: "If you, as a parent, haven't already HAD those conversations with your young adults (that danger is present and real.) That is way more frightening than the teacher asking them to solve this question. Stop shielding kids from hard life examples. DNA wasn't even taught way back when. Be proud it's a part of this kids' curriculum. It could be you. Wouldn't you want answers if it weren't a test?"

However, I can't help but wonder - does she know if someone in the class who had to go through this horrible ordeal and had to share the same space with the person who assaulted them while answering this question? Will you be willing to pay for their therapy? 



For someone who'd taken the NYPD exam, this came as a shock and here are people, trying to justify the question. Patrick D. Chappelle wrote: "This is insane. I took the NYPD exam, and there were no questions even remotely related to rape." Also, this was what I was trying to say like this comment reads: "That could cause a freaking flashback for kids with PTSD from sexual assault. Do they want to be paying for extra therapy?" There's an old proverb that says you ought to think twice before you speak, or in this case, frame a question.


Disclaimer : This is based on sources and we have been unable to verify this information independently.

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