Students in JoAnne Bolser’s middle school class were, at first, surprised when she gave them a math quiz that used pimps, gang members, and cocaine as test questions. Their surprise turned to shock when she told them the test wasn’t a joke.
The principal at Cranford Burns Middle School in Mobile, Alabama promptly placed the longtime educator on administrative leave after angry parents complained, NBC News reports.
Here are a few of the questions Bolser gave her eighth-grade class, via NBC:
“Tyrone knocked up 4 girls in the gang. There are 20 girls in his gang. What is the exact percentage of girls Tyrone knocked up?”
“Pedro got 6 years for murder. He also got $10,000 for the hit. If his common-law wife spends $100 of his hit money per month, how much money will be left when he gets out?”
“Dwayne pimps 3 ho’s. If the price is $85 per trick, how many tricks per day must each ho turn to support Dwayne’s $800 per day crack habit?”
Parent Erica Hall told NBC affiliate WPMI-TV that her son snapped a picture of the quiz and sent it to her. She and her husband, both outraged, visited the principal.
According to NBC, school communications director Rena Philips said Hall and her husband were the only parents to complain, even though a lot of anger was expressed on social media. She said school officials quickly addressed the issue:
“The principal looked into it and then our school resource officer investigated it and then we immediately put the teacher on administrative leave.”
According to Philips, there was a breakdown of the lesson plan review process. She stated that senior administrators normally review teachers’ lesson plans, but it was unknown whether Bolser’s quiz was approved or if she bypassed the review system.
What is known is that the quiz, called “The L.A. Math Proficiency Test” or “The City of Los Angeles High School Proficiency Exam,” has been floating around since the mid-1980s, according to Snopes.com, which examines urban legends.
Philips stated that she doesn’t know whether Bolser, who was set to retire, would appeal her punishment.
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