MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A parent says a Mid-South teacher went too far with an assignment about the 9/11 terror attacks.
Gerald Berry reached out to WMC Action News 5 in search of answers after he felt an assignment on the 9/11 terror attacks given to his twin daughters by their history teacher at Hoxie High School in Arkansas was insensitive and offensive.
"Very upset, very disturbed," Berry said. "Several thousand people lost their lives that day. It's not a fictional story, it's history."
The original assignment asked students to write a fictional story in first person, and they or their family members could be in the Twin Towers, or they could watch the attack play out from the street. The assignment even says, "You can die, you decide."
"To me is very disrespectful, you don't do stuff like that," Berry said.
The superintendent of the school district, Radius Baker, sent WMC5's Jerry Askin this statement:
The students were given an alternate assignment that was a series of questions about 9/11.
The superintendent said that the father and the principal can meet to work out further concerns.