UK school asks 11-year-old students to define types of porn for homework

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UK school asks 11-year-old students to define types of porn in bizarre assignment for homework

This is as revolting and macabre as it gets. Eleven to 14-year-olds at Archbishop Sentamu Academy were told to define topics including hardcore and transsexual pornography in a class assignment to be done at home. Imagine the fright of the parents when they checked to see the homework of their children only to find them working on different types of porn.

The health class homework tasked students ages 11 to 14 at Archbishop Sentamu Academy in Hull with defining “soft porn,” “hardcore porn” and “revenge porn,” prompting the kids to do internet searches on the steamy subjects, according to BBC News. The assignment didn’t stop there, it also asked the young ones to define “transgender pornography” and “transvestite.”

Obviously, the parents of the children who attend Archbishop Sentamu Academy were horrified. A mother of a child studying in the school, Mrs.Taylor said that PSHE homework “completely inappropriate”, saying her eleven-year-old daughter does not need to know “things that would destroy her mind”.

Leon Dagon, whose 13-year-old sister also attends the school, saw the homework and took to Facebook to warn parents. He said: “Luckily I found the work otherwise she would have typed this stuff into Google and you know what would have come up and that makes me feel sick. I felt sick thinking she was going to go onto the computer to search it up.”

Archbishop Sentamu Academy school says sorry!

After the public outcry, the school realized its mistake. The school has apologized “unreservedly” for any offense caused. However, the apology fell short of calming the parents. The words of the Principal Chay Bell caused more consternation among parents. Principal Bell said that the students were not expected to search the terms online but instead use the materials provided. This means that the school approves the homework but objects to the students using the Internet to find answers for defining porn.

“I am genuinely sorry if parents or students have unnecessarily researched any of these phrases and for any offense caused by this mistake,” Bell said. “[Students] were not directed to research these topics themselves on the internet because all the answers to the questions posed are contained in the teacher-produced materials we shared,” she added.

BBC News did not name the teacher from the school who assigned the homework. The area’s Department for Education declined to comment.

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