A Mobile, Alabama, math teacher was put on administrative leave after she handed out a racially charged math test to her 8th grade students that made gang references like drive-by shootings, prostitution and drugs.
Parents at the Burns Middle School were outraged to find their kids had been given the 10-question quiz asking them to come up with a “gang/crew name” and answer questions about “turning tricks,” stolen BMW’s, AK-47’s and knocking up women.
“I’m shocked. I don’t think it’s appropriate at all,” Peyton Lee, the mother of one of the 8th graders, told local affiliate Fox10 after being shown the offensive test for the first time.
The test includes a set of word problems that reference drug dealing, violence, vandalism and prostitution and uses character name such as Ramon, Leroy, Pedro and Tyrone.
One question asks the young students “Tyrone knocked up 4 girls in the gang. There are 20 girls in his gang. What is the exact percentage of the girls Tyrone knocked up?”
Another question reads “Dwayne pimps 3 ho’s” and then asks the students to figure out how many tricks each of the hookers must turn in a day to support Dwayne’s crack habit.
“They (the students) took is as a joke, and she told them that it wasn’t a joke, and they had to complete it, and turn it in,” an incensed mother, Erica Hall, told the Fox station.
Hall took a copy of the test to the school to demand answers after her son sent her a photo of the quiz.
“My son, he took a picture of it in class and he texted it to me. I couldn’t believe it,” Hall said.
Hall said that the teacher, who has not been identified by the school, is a veteran educator and is in her last year before retirement.
The test was apparently not written by the math teacher, and has circulated online for decades, causing similar controversies.
In 2010, a South Florida police chief Richard E. Perez resigned after it came to light that he sent racist emails to his staff, including a copy of the test.
“Urban schools are finally starting to teach practical math that these kids can use in real-world situations!!” the subject line of the email read, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The teacher will remain suspended pending an investigation, Fox 10 reported.
This article originally appeared on the NY Daily News.