Parents, Police Union Express Outrage Over School Assignment of Political Cartoon Comparing Police to KKK, Slave Owner
By maria guerrero • published august 20, 2020 • updated on august 20, 2020 at 7:05 pm.
Wylie Independent School District is removing a controversial assignment handed out to middle school students after being confronted by angry parents and police unions.
“We’re going to learn from this and move forward,” said Ian Halperin, spokesperson for Wylie I.S.D.
This week, about 400 eighth graders received an assignment by social studies teachers while discussing the Bill of Rights.
They were instructed to recreate political cartoons depicting current events, including the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
One cartoon by David Fitzsimmons goes on to replace the officer and Floyd with other Black men, dying at the hands of people including a slave trader, a member of the KKK and another law enforcement officer.
“The material that was used in this particular incident was not material that was approved as part of our curriculum,” said Halperin. “It’s not something that the district has vetted. It was not from a site that was approved, education site, so it was not something that should’ve been in the hands of students.”
Halperin tells NBC 5 the assignment was only handed out to Cooper students by their social studies teachers.
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“For some people, this is important for kids to learn that learning what an editorial cartoon is and learning that there are difference of opinions is part of social studies,” he said.
Angry parents alerted the district and police unions.
Eric Willadsen is the president of Richardson’s chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police .
His child attends Wylie I.S.D., as do about 20 other officers’ kids.
“We’re disgusted with what happened in Minneapolis, but it seems as if this is portraying continuing this false negative,” he said. “Whenever a person, say a teacher, has influence over you and is directing you toward one thought pattern, that’s where we have the issue.”
The National Fraternal Order of Police sent a scathing letter to Wylie leaders saying in part:
‘I cannot begin to tell you how abhorrent and disturbing this comparison is, but what is more disturbing is that no adult within your school thought better before sending this assignment to children.’
The letter goes on to talk about the impact the assignment could have on law enforcement’s efforts to build a relationship with the community stating: ‘..interaction with our youth becomes increasingly difficult when adults who were hired to educate them, engage in outright divisiveness towards us.’
The district told NBC 5 on Thursday morning that it would allow students who do not want to complete the assignment to receive an alternative assignment.
The district later told NBC 5 it removed the assignment all together.
Willadsen says the damage is done.
“Absolutely,” he said. “You can’t unsee something once it’s been there, once it’s been presented.”
“We’re going to work hard to repair that,” said Halperin. “That’s all we can do. We’re going to learn from this and we’re going to keep moving forward.”
The district is sending out letters to parents.
Halperin said the district also in touch with the police unions saying, “We are trying to work with them because we truly do value our police partners.”
Parents contacted NBC 5 on Thursday evening saying the assignment has not yet been removed.
The district says it has apologized to parents, is sending out a letter alerting parents that the assignment is being removed and stresses no grade will be taken.
But because many students are learning virtually, the assignment might still be in your child’s Google assignment folder. The district is working on taking it down.
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They seem to know each other and the man seem to be a frequent customer of the area. The place is dimly lit and looks reddish where they were met by another guard in suit who was eating a burger. The man gave him another tip and they get inside another door. They were met by a man who appears to be a waiter in red suit. They proceeded in the alley where there were scores of men who were dressed like waiters. The man again greeted them cordially and gave pleasantries indicating familiarity of the place.
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Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985)
Published on June 1, 2016, by JPRoscoe - Posted in Movies 0
Loved Police Academy as a kid, Zed
Probably only entertaining to kids of the '80s who grew up with it
Movie Name: Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
Studio: The Ladd Company
Release Date(s): March 29, 1985
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Zed….the only good thing
Crime is on the rise, and Captain Pete Lassard (Howard Hesseman) finds his job is in trouble if he can’t stop it. Contacting his brother Commandant Lassard (George Gaynes) at the police academy, Pete is about to get a whole new round of recruits to help him…or destroy him. Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg), Jones (Michael Winslow), Hooks (Marion Ramsey), Tackleberry (David Graf), Fackler (Bruce Mahler) and Hightower (Bubba Smith) have been assigned to the worst district and cleaning it up will mean bringing down Zed McGlunk (Bobcat Goldthwait) and his gang! Unfortunately, Lassard doesn’t just have gangs to deal with Zed because Mauser (Art Metrano) is gunning for his job.
Directed by Jerry Paris, Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment was the follow-up to the popular 1984 comedy Police Academy . The movie dropped its R Rating for a PG-13 Rating and became a massive hit despite the poor reviews.
Ha-ha! Mahoney’s superglue trick permanently blinded Mauser and crippled him…but it was a good laugh
I remember loving Police Academy despite it being too old for me. It was dirty and dangerous (lots of swearing and nudity). I can remember seeing Police Academy 2 and thinking “where are all the fun people from the first film?”
It isn’t as if Police Academy was a fine film of the cinema…it was pretty base in its laughs. Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment loses the edge of the first film by losing the dirty jokes and adds a generic, bland story to keep it going. With little laughs, Police Academy 2 really serves no purpose.
The movie was hurt by the loss of cast members. The first cast had a real good chemistry and the movie picked over that cast for the standouts. It was obvious that Guttenberg would return as Mahoney, but the decision to have G.W. Bailey replaced with Art Metrano as his foil was a mistake. The addition of Bobcat Goldthwait does add some life to the limp script and his torture of Tim Kazurinsky as “Sweetchuck” led to the addition of both characters for sequels.
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Much of the comedy that works is the physical jokes that they play on the characters. Even recurring jokes like the Blue Oyster gets better laughs than many of the standard jokes. It is fortunate that some of these jokes get laughs because the “action” of the film is pretty weak and anticlimactic.
Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment was rather dull comedy sequel to a fun film. The movie faced problems with the cast during production and was generally reported as being a miserable experience all around. The franchise realized some of their mistakes for its sequels and fixed some of them for the sequel. Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment was followed by Police Academy 3: Back in Training in 1986 .
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