Parents’ outrage after teacher told students to ‘draw Obama drowning and White House underwater’

PUBLISHED: 19:05 EST, 7 December 2012 | UPDATED: 19:42 EST, 7 December 2012


Outraged California parents are demanding a long-term substitute teacher be removed from his job after he told students to make images of the White House submerged underwater with someone drowning.
The unnamed instructor who was teaching a Digital Imaging class at Rancho Dominguez Prep School in Long Beach told students that not only must the White House be underwater but someone in the scene had to be drowning.
‘My (project) was the president being saved instead of drowning him… so I drowned his wife and the dog,’ said junior Carnal Washington. ‘I felt bad. It didn’t feel right drowning the president.’


 Carnal Washington

Uncomfortable: Junior Carnal Washington said it didn’t feel right being told to drown the president

Hurricane Sandy

Educators: Representatives for the Long Beach prep academy said the assignment was about Hurricane Sandy

According to Washington, the student with the highest praise did more than just put the president underwater.
‘The highest grade in the class was a girl who had Obama swimming toward a bucket of chicken instead of his family. I thought that was sad, but when (the teacher) saw it, he started laughing,’ Washington told CBS Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Unified School District representatives claimed the assignment was rooted in Hurricane Sandy.


Sandra Hermosilo

Outraged: Parent Sandra Hermosilo wants the substitute teacher out of the class

Mouine Taylor

Disturbed: Parent Mouine Taylor doesn’t see the point of the assignment

But not everyone is buying that excuse.
‘I see no reason that our president should ever be drowned,’ said parent Mougine Taylor. ‘I see no reason why the White House should ever be drowned. What did the kids get from this project?’
Parent Sandra Hermosillo was equally dsturbed.
‘I think this whole assignment is uncalled for,’ she said. ‘First of all, why are you putting the White House under water?’
The district would not comment on whether any disciplinary action had been taken against the teacher, or if any was planned.
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