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9/11 Homework Assignment Causing Outrage

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ALVIN, Texas (FOX 26) -

A 7th grade homework assignment is causing outrage by several parents.

"It was almost like reading a suicide note," said Kate Gurka.

Her daughter is a 7th grader at Fairview Junior High at Alvin Independent School District. Gurka says she spotted a shocking letter in her 12 year-old daughter's folder on the eve of 9/11.

"She told me, 'mom the teacher wants us to write a letter like we were stuck on a tower or on a plane and then she showed me the paper.' I just thought it was absolutely ridiculous," said Gurka.

The assignment came from a language arts teacher at the junior high school.

"They are supposed to pretend that they are either on the twin towers or on the plane and that they are not going to make it out. This is their goodbye letter," said Gurka.

We got a copy of the directions given to the students from the teacher that read in part:

'If you knew you were about to die, who would you want to be the last person that you talked to? Write a letter to that person. What would you want them to know? Please give a lot of thought to this letter."

We posted the assignment on our Fox 26 Facebook Page and received hundreds of comments agreeing and disagreeing with the homework.

Shadia Khanter wrote: 'Simply tasteless and insensitive...too soon and too much for 7th graders.'

Angelique Berry wrote: 'I see nothing wrong with this... [it's] empathy, reflection & opens the mind. I wouldn't mind my children doing this assignment at all. Kuddos to the teacher.'

Alvin ISD released a statement saying in part:

We sincerely apologize to any of our families that found this activity to be insensitive. As educators, we strive to meet the individual needs of our students both instructionally and emotionally while maintaining a high level of sensitivity.

"I don't want her to lose her job. I'm sure she is a fantastic teacher but she needs to lower her thoughts," said Gurka.

You can tell us what you think about the assignment by going onto our Fox 26 Facebook page.

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