17 year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot 3 people in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is currently in a Illinois detention center. He is being held on different counts including 5 felonies. To many in the Conservative media, though, he is considered to be a hero. Ann Coulter even stated that she would like the teen to be President.
This coverage of positive coverage of Rittenhouse has now seeped into the United Stated education system. A Dallas school district is now apologizing over an assignment given out by a High School teacher. Asking students to write about a modern age hero, the teacher included Rittenhouse on a list that included George Floyd and Gandhi.
The teacher requested that students, “Write at least a one-page essay on which of those 6 persons which you believe demonstrates best your concept of a hero.” The 6 names on the list were Cesar Chavez, Malcolm X, Gandhi, George Floyd, Kyle Rittenhouse and Joseph Rosenbaum (one of Rittenhouse’s victims).
Dallas school district apologizes for assignment describing Kenosha shooter as a 'hero.'
A high school teacher suggested Kyle Rittenhouse — charged with killing two during Wisconsin protests — was a possible hero alongside Gandhi and Malcolm X: @NBCNews.https://t.co/rtqO3s8utS
— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) September 18, 2020
Kristian Hernandez, whose younger brother is in the class told KXAS, “My brother was really in disbelief that this was actually an assignment. The juxtaposition of George Floyd’s name with Kyle’s name was just astounding. The value of Black lives are not up for debate, and that’s what it felt like this was sort of getting at — by way of the names that were included.”
The school district has now apologized in a statement that read, “Racial equity is a top priority in Dallas ISD, and we remain committed to providing a robust teaching environment where all students can learn. It is important that we continue to be culturally sensitive to our diverse populations and provide a space of respect and value.”
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