By RACHEL QUIGLEY
PUBLISHED: 15:04 EST, 3 May 2013 | UPDATED: 15:04 EST, 3 May 2013
A concerned mother is calling for her son’s high school teacher to be fired after he bought the 14-year-old Fifty Shades of Grey for in-class reading.
Math teacher at Eastern University Academy Charter School in Philadelphia Philip Aidoo was suspended without pay for a week, but Maya Ladson said that isn’t enough.
The mother said she was shocked to discover a copy of the book – dubbed ‘mommy porn’ – in her son’s school bag in March.
Mother: Maya Ladson said she was shocked to discover a copy of the book – dubbed ‘mommy porn’ – in her son’s school bag in March and is calling on the teacher to be sacked
Teacher and adviser: Philip Aidoo asked the students to list books they would like to read on their own and the ninth grade student requested Fifty Shades – which he then ordered online
Best seller: Philip Aidoo said he had no idea the book contained pornographic material
When she quizzed the teen about it, he told her that Mr Aidoo bought it for the independent reading period of the class.
The teacher and adviser asked the students to list books they would like to read on their own and the ninth grade student requested Fifty Shades.
Ladson told NBC10.com: ‘The minute I found out about it, it raised concern. This is not OK to me. This is major.
‘It clearly states on the cover, that the book is for mature audiences and has high sexual content.
‘This was a 100-percent act of negligence. There should never be pornographic material purchased and distributed to a student by a school teacher.’
She acknowledges that her son asked for the book.
Eastern University Academy Charter School Chief Operating Officer Yvonne Turner said Aidoo did not know what the book was about and said it was a genuine mistake.
But Ladson said she doesn’t believe the teacher did not know the hugely popular book was filled with pornographic material.
Philadelphia: Math teacher at Eastern University Academy Charter School Philip Aidoo was suspended without pay for a week
When they decided this week to suspend the teacher, the mother said it was still not enough and has called for him to be fired.
The school held a meeting with parents and told them about the situation with Mr Aidoo – who has been an adviser at the 7th and 12th grade school for several years.
‘We all agree that it was a very serious mistake, however, it does not warrant a termination,’ Turner said. ‘We heard nothing but high praises and support for Mr Aidoo.
‘We have to deal with these things in a fair and impartial way which the school has attempted to do.’
Ladson is planning on protesting outside the school on Monday.