Chesterfield parent outraged over rap lyrics used as grammar lesson

Published: Apr. 1, 2014 at 7:11 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 11, 2014 at 4:07 AM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A controversial homework assignment has one Chesterfield parent calling for action.

A Falling Creek Middle School teacher apparently used rap lyrics as a grammar lesson. One of the student's parents feels the lyrics glorify guns, sex and violence.

"I don't understand that," said a relative of a student and school activist Tammy Motola. "I don't understand what she was thinking."

Motola is not happy with the lyrics being used as extra credit assignment.

"It talks about bending someone over and having sex with them," said Motola. "It talks about gang banging."

Motola took issue with the following lyrics:

Young Money, syrup in the big shot

Time do things that's word to your wrist watch

Shoot the glock till it burn till my wrist lock

Rims hella big tires skinny like Chris Rock

"You don't give someone in 6th grade homework assignments and say give me a metaphor for that," said Motola. "You are asking for trouble."

Parents say the principal has decided to trash the assignment and send home a new packet without the rap lyrics.

"The school administration is working directly with the parent and this issue has been addressed," said Chesterfield spokesperson Shawn Smith.

We spoke to a student who received the packet.

"It was just bizarre," said the student who did not want to be identified. "No one our age should be hearing this music and listening to the lyrics."

Motola agrees.

"There should be consequences for this," said Motola. "I'm dead serious about that. I'm not going to go away. I'm not going to stop until she receives the discipline that she deserves for this. Students would be disciplined for this type of behavior."

Parents say they were told this packet was not authorized to go out to students. The school would not comment on disciplinary action.

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