School Assignment Asks Who Is ‘More Deserving’ to Live: Gay Athlete, Black Med Student

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Students at Roberts Middle School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio were asked to rank who is “more deserving” of life in a disturbing school assignment.

The assignment titled “Whom to Leave Behind,” required students to choose eight people from a list of 12 who would be put on a spaceship and saved from earth’s destruction. The decision would be made based on the student’s ranking of the list from “most deserving” to “least deserving.”

People on the list included “a homosexual male, professional athlete,” “a Hispanic clergyman who is against homosexuality,” “a militant African-American medical student,” “a female movie star who was recently the victim of sexual assault,” among others.

According to Cleveland 19 News, the assignment was handed out in math class and was meant to be an icebreaker for students.

Ohio 6th Ward City Councilman Adam Miller posted a photo of the assignment on Facebook calling it an “inappropriate project for young kids.”

The Cuyahoga Falls Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols released a statement saying “they were just made aware of the situation and are investigating.”


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